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College Boosts US News Ranking with Inflated SAT ScoresFeb 01, 2012
Associated Press – A senior administrator at California’s Claremont McKenna College has resigned after admitting to falsifying SAT scores of incoming freshmen for at least the past 6 years. It is suspected, but unconfirmed, that the official raised the scores to boost the school’s placement in US News & World Report’s annual ranking of colleges. Claremont McKenna was ranked as the 9th best liberal arts college in the country. Actual SAT scores would have pushed the school outside the top 10, possibly 11th place. SAT scores make up 7.5% of a college’s US News ranking. For more, read College Administrator Resigns Over Fake SAT Scores.Tweet.
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