College President Disputes Rankings

U.S. News accused of fabricating average SAT scores
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Mar 14, 2007 7:43 AM CDT
Greenhill student Brandon Staub, of Dallas, Texas, got accepted to the University of Pennsylvania after applying for early admission.   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – A college president is lobbing allegations of shoddy journalism at U.S. News magazine, accusing its annual college-ranking guide of fabricating data for its upcoming report. Although Sarah Lawrence tossed out its SAT requirement for incoming freshman, president Michele Tolela Myers says U.S. News decided to assign an average SAT score to the school anyway—one that it made up.

Meanwhile, 10 unnamed liberal arts colleges are forming an alliance to advocate a ban on the "reputational" survey, which bases a full 25% of a school's standing on the comments and critiques of competitors.