Friday, July 1, 2022
Columbia Will Not Submit Data To U.S. News This Year After Math Professor Questioned Its #2 Ranking
Following up on my previous posts:
- Michael Thaddeus (Professor of Mathematics, Columbia), An Investigation of the Facts Behind Columbia’s U.S. News Ranking (Mar. 8, 2022)
- New York Times, U.S. News Ranked Columbia No. 2, But A Math Professor Has His Doubts (Mar. 21, 2022)
Columbia University Provost Mary Boyce, Statement Regarding U.S. News and World Report’s Undergraduate Survey:
A few months ago, a member of our faculty, Professor Michael Thaddeus, raised questions regarding the accuracy of some of the data the University submitted to U.S. News and World Report for its annual ranking of undergraduate universities. Columbia leaders take these questions seriously, and we immediately embarked on a review of our data collection and submissions process.
In light of the work underway, we will refrain from submitting to U.S. News and World Report this year. The deadline for that submission is July 1. Given the extensive analysis required to review the data and ensure it complies with U.S. News methodologies, we cannot complete our work with the appropriate care within that timeframe.
Columbia has long conducted what we believed to be a thorough process for gathering and reporting institutional data, but we are now closely reviewing our processes in light of the questions raised. The ongoing review is a matter of integrity. We will take no shortcuts in getting it right.
To help support prospective students and their families as they consider college choices, we plan to publish a Common Data Set this fall that will provide a useful profile of the extraordinary undergraduate experience at Columbia, including much of the same information that the U.S. News university profiles impart.
While disappointed that we will not be able to submit this year, a thorough review cannot be rushed. We pledge that we will work quickly and decisively to complete our process and move forward.
- Chronicle of Higher Education, Columbia U. Won’t Submit Data to ‘U.S. News’ Rankings After Professor Alleged False Information
- Wall Street Journal, Columbia Won’t Submit Data for U.S. News Rankings This Year