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University administrators recently learned that Emory has intentionally misreported admissions statistics for the past ten years, University President James W. Wagner disclosed this morning in a school-wide email.
Wagner noted that third party organizations used this data, which the University reported on an annual basis to rank Emory in comparison to peer institutions across the country. University officials misrepresented data for entering students' SAT/ACT scores and high school class ranks, according to Wagner.
Officials reported SAT and ACT scores for all admitted undergraduate students rather than for students who had chosen to enroll, which was the information used for ranking.
John Latting, the recently appointed assistant vice provost for undergraduate enrollment and dean of admission, discovered these discrepancies at the end of the previous academic year, Wagner said. Following an internal investigation conducted by a third party "to ensure objectivity and independence," administrators found that this intentional misreporting in test scores and class rank had occurred since at least 2000.
According to Wagner, the University has taken "appropriate personnel actions" in addition to corrective measures to "ensure the future integrity of Emory's data."
Officials from U.S. News and World Report
, which ranks the University annually, specified that they believe the inaccurate data has not affected the University's ranking for the past two years, according to an Aug. 17 U.S. News
Brian Kelly, who serves as the U.S. News
editor and chief content officer, also explained that the misrepresented information "would likely have had a small to negligible effect in the several years prior."
A more in-depth story on this issue will be available within the next few days.
— Contact Stephanie Fang