Monday, January 28, 2013
Inside Higher Ed: How Much Admission Misreporting?:
Bucknell University [has come] forward to admit that it had misreported SAT
averages from 2006 through 2012, and ACT averages during some of those
years. ... [T]he inaccurate data resulted from the college leaving some
students' scores out of test averages. In a few cases, the omitted
students had scores higher than those reported. But most of the excluded
students had lower scores, so the result of leaving them out was to
inflate Bucknell's averages. "[D]uring each of those seven years, the
scores of 13 to 47 students were omitted from the SAT calculation, with
the result being that our mean scores were reported to be 7 to 25 points
higher than they actually were on the 1600-point scale," said a letter
sent to the campus from John C. Bravman, the president. "During those
seven years of misreported data, on average 32 students per year were
omitted from the reports and our mean SAT scores were on average
reported to be 16 points higher than they actually were." ...
In 2012, Claremont McKenna College, Emory University and George Washington University all submitted false data to U.S. News about undergraduate admissions, as did Tulane University's business school with regard to M.B.A. admissions [as well as Illinois and Villanova law schools].
Bucknell is ranked #32 in the current U.S. News National Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings.