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Friday, August 17, 2012

Emory University fudged student data to wow groups that rank schools

Annnnnd more scandal. Emory University today said it intentionally misreported students' performance data for more than 10 years to federal researchers and groups that help provide stats for those annual lists of top-notch schools. Laura Diamond sums up the misdeeds quite well:

- Used admitted students' SAT/ACT data instead of enrolled students since at least 2000. This overstated Emory's test scores.

- May have excluded the scores of the bottom 10 percent of students when reporting SAT/ACT scores, GPAs, and other information. This practice was not followed after 2004.

- Overstated class rankings.

Two former university officials were "aware" of the misreporting. According to the school, "[t]he individuals involved are no longer employed by Emory." University officials have rolled out several changes that they think will prevent data misreporting from happening again.

To its credit, the university's being very upfront about the scandal. They've even produced a handy, we-are-very-angry-with-ourselves-at-the-moment guide to the whole debacle.

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