February 2, 2012
by Frank Brown
This week, Claremont McKenna College came under spotlight as its dean of admissions and financial aid admitted to falsely reporting SAT statistics for a period dating back 6 years. The primary reason, it appears – college rankings. Though SAT scores account for a mere 7.5 percent of the U.S. News college ranking system, more schools (and test-takers, alike) are feeling an increased pressure to strive for better scores. Unfortunately, this instance highlights the extreme lengths to which even the most respected college officials believe they must travel in attempting to game the system.