Thursday, January 3, 2013
Inside Higher Ed: Yet Another Rankings Fabrication:
Tulane University has admitted that it sent U.S. News & World Report incorrect information about the test scores and total number of applicants for its M.B.A. program.
The admission -- as 2012 closed -- made the university the fourth
college or university in that year [joining Claremont McKenna, Emory, and George Washington] to admit false reporting of some
admissions data used for rankings. In 2011, two law schools [Illinois and Villanova] and one
undergraduate institution were found to have engaged in false reporting
of some admissions data. ...
Robert Morse, who heads the rankings at U.S. News, wrote on his blog
that the incorrect data had been used in calculating Tulane's rank in
the magazine's M.B.A. rankings. ... Currently the university is 43rd on that list.
In the methodology
the magazine uses to evaluate M.B.A. program, the average GMAT score
has a weight of 16.25%, and the acceptance rate (which is based
in part on the total number of applicants) counts for 1.25%.