January 31st, 2012
12:13 AM ET

College admits fudging students' exam scores

An admissions officer at Claremont McKenna College in California has resigned after the school's president revealed that the officer had inflated college entrance examination scores for incoming freshmen since 2005.

"As an institution of higher education with a deep and consistent commitment to the integrity of all our academic activities, and particularly our reporting of institutional data, we take this situation very seriously," college President Pamela B. Gann wrote in an e-mail Monday to students, faculty and staff.

Gann wrote that a lone administrator reported composite scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test that were exaggerated by 10 to 20 points. That employee, whom she did not name, has resigned, she said.

Such scores are often used in various comparisons of colleges across the country, including U.S. News & World Report's prestigious annual rankings.

There was no evidence that individual students' scores were altered, Gann's statement said.

Claremont McKenna, a private, coed college in Claremont about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, was listed ninth among U.S. liberal arts colleges in the magazine's most recent nationwide rankings.

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  1. Tcr c2

    Oh great some of these students could now be doctors.... Even surgeons!! Oh this one was an apendectomy? Well its to late now , i amputated his eating hand.

    January 31, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. hamsta

    And i was just telling one of those socialistic communist ows supporters that public school was a failure.looks like i have to change that to just plain school of any type.

    January 31, 2012 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy ©

    I find this extremely distressing.
    I also find it distressing when some people do not aial themselves to education of aby sort at all, because it shows, glaringly.

    January 31, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
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      January 31, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. ikan

    Hummmm, I wonder how many other top ranked schools have similar findings (or not even investigate) that not become public. At least Claremont McKenna is honest in its doings. I will question about all others as well.

    January 31, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |