ATLANTA -- Forbes magazine has removed Emory University and three other schools from its annual "America's Best Colleges" list for two years for misreporting admissions data to organizations that produce rankings.
The other institutions removed from the list including Claremont McKenna College in California, Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y.
Since fall 2011, each of these schools has admitted to submitting exaggerated admissions numbers about enrolled students, such as SAT/ACT scores or class rank. The misreporting occurred during the course of several years for each school.
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Forbes said the schools were removed "as a penalty for their dishonesty -- and an acknowledgment of the growing scope of the problem."
In some cases, including Emory's, the U.S. Department of Education also uses these numbers for statistical analysis.
The university launched a corrective action plan to ensure that another incident like this one will not happen again. The plan includes hiring a data analyst to ensure accuracy.
(Atlanta Business Chronicle)