Thursday, March 24, 2022
Wall Street Journal, University of Southern California Pulls Out of Education-School Rankings, Citing Data Errors:
The University of Southern California is withdrawing its education school from U.S. News & World Report’s graduate-school rankings after determining it had provided the publication with inaccurate data going back at least five years. ...
USC tied at No. 11 in the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking of graduate education schools, released last year. “We rely on schools to accurately report their data and ask academic officials to verify that data,” said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News & World Report.
USC hired law firm Jones Day to conduct a review of its submissions for the rankings. They interviewed multiple staff and faculty members in recent weeks, according to the faculty member familiar with the investigation.
[Provost] Zukoski said USC will release findings from the Jones Day investigation when it is complete, which he expects would happen in the next two weeks.
[USC's] erroneous U.S. News & World Report submissions are the latest in a string of controversies over college rankings [Columbia, Temple], and highlight the ease with which schools can provide faulty data, accidentally or otherwise.