This Week in College News: Claremont McKenna Falsifies SAT Scores

This Week in College News

By Taylor Cotter
StudentAdvisor.com Staff

Claremont McKenna College Admits to Exaggerating SAT Scores of Admitted Students

A senior administrator at Claremont McKenna College admitted to falsifying records of SAT scores of their admitted students. The administrator, allegedly Richard Vos, vice president and dean of admissions, had been falsifying these records since 2005. According to the New York Times, the SAT scores reported to U.S. News Report and other college ranking websites were inflated by 10-20 points. The school had been ranked as the ninth best liberal arts college this year. Though Claremont McKenna is the most prestigious school to be discovered falsifying records, they join Iona College, Villanova Law School and University of Illinois Law School as universities that have deliberately skewed their statistics to to inflate their rankings.

(Thanks to Jeremy L. for contributing this story.)

Vassar College accidentally accepts students

Last Friday, 76 students received acceptance letters in error from Vassar College. The students, who saw a test letter sent out accidentally from Vassar admissions, was sent to 122 early decision applicants. After retracting the mistake, only 46 of the 122 applicants were actually accepted. Vassar is refunding the $65 application fee for these students, though some students, parents and families are considering legal action against the college.

Maryland plans to cut swimming and diving teams, six other sports

The University of Maryland plans to cut men’s and women’s swimming and diving, unless the teams can raise $11.6 million by June 30 – 59 percent more than the entire fundraising sector of Maryland Athletics has raised. The “Save Maryland Swimming and Diving” booster club has raised over $1 million and has plans to raise as much as $4 million, but does not project coming close to raising the eight years of funds needed. Parents, students and supporters are meeting with legislators to begin talking about the complex legalities of the issue. After cutting swimming and diving, Maryland’s plans include cutting men’s tennis; men’s cross-country, men’s indoor and outdoor track, women’s water polo, and acrobatics and tumbling.

Former Law Students Sue Law Schools Over Misleading Job Statistics

Fifty-one law school graduates from around the country have sued their alma maters for being misleading with their statistics about job placement. The graduates claimed that, though these schools touted high employment statistics, they didn’t report that most of these graduates are employed in jobs that do not require a law degree. The graduates further allege that the school’s data, some which claim over 90 percent of their graduates have jobs, does not correlate with the national data that claims 60 percent of lawyers that are employed. The twelve schools being sued are Albany Law School, Hofstra Law School, California Western, Golden Gate University, Southwestern Law School,; University of San Francisco School of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, DePaul University College of Law, The John Marshall Law School, Florida Coastal School of Law, and Widener University School of Law.

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