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Monday, March 12, 2018

U.S. News Strips Ranking From Three Graduate Schools For Submitting False Data

2018 U.S. News GradI previously have blogged reports of over a dozen schools inflating their rankings by submitting erroneous data to U.S. News (BucknellClaremont McKennaCollege of CharlestonCreightonEmoryGeorge WashingtonIllinoisMissouri-Kansas City, TempleTulaneUniversity of Mary Hardin-BaylorVillanovaYork College of Pennsylvania).   U.S. News recently announced that it was removing the rankings of three graduate schools for submitting false data:

The University of Florida's College of Nursing originally reported its fiscal year 2016 NIH educational and practical initiative grants and expenditures at $1,684,495. The school informed U.S. News the corrected value for its fiscal year 2016 NIH grants was $0. ...

The University of South Florida's College of Nursing originally reported its fiscal year 2016 NIH grants and expenditures at $15,991,202. The school informed U.S. News the corrected value for its fiscal year 2016 NIH grants was $1,591,202. ...

Sam Houston State University's College of Education originally reported its fiscal year 2016 research expenditures conducted at the education school at $5.6 million. The school recently told U.S. News the corrected value for its 2016 research expenditures was $271,913.

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Comments

USF data seems like a keystroke error rather than anything more sinister.

Posted by: HTA | Mar 12, 2018 6:46:03 AM

I am shocked, absolutely shocked, that there is cheating going on, at a school administration that is run by liberals like all school administrations.

Posted by: MLK | Mar 12, 2018 8:57:46 AM

Much like it would with the ABA* and NALP employment data, third party auditing of USNWR data would do wonders.

*IIRC, the first third-party audit of the ABA employment data of ten randomly chosen law schools a year or two ago found that five of them didn't meet the required accuracy thresholds.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Mar 12, 2018 9:24:32 AM