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Friday, May 24, 2019

University Of Oklahoma Inflated Its Alumni Giving Data For 20 Years, U.S. News Strips Its #127 Ranking

U.S. News Generic RankingsU.S. News Rankings Updates:

University of Oklahoma: The school told U.S. News that it had inflated its alumni giving data since 1999, which affects its placement in the National Universities, Best Value Schools, Top Public Schools, Best Colleges for Veterans and A-Plus Schools for B Students rankings and lists. For the 2019 Best Colleges rankings, the University of Oklahoma originally reported its two-year alumni giving rate at 14 percent. The school informed U.S. News the correct value is 9.7 percent. The average alumni giving rate has a weight of 5 percent in the Best Colleges ranking methodology.

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Comments

Campbell's Law is on point here. So is Goodhart's Law. And as we all know, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | May 24, 2019 7:17:42 AM

It's shocking how long they got away with this. But this is a strange measure to give a 5% weight on when choosing a "best university" list, and unlike SAT scores, selectivity, etc., it provides a direct incentive to avoid admitting poor people.

Posted by: David Pittelli | May 24, 2019 12:49:19 PM