(11 Sep 2022) America’s Columbia University said that it relied on “outdated and-or incorrect methodologies” in submitting data to US News & World Report for consideration in the publication’s 2021 college rankings, according to a statement released by the university on Friday 9 September, writes Artemis Moshtaghian for CNN.
“The Columbia undergraduate experience is and always has been centred around small classes taught by highly accomplished faculty. That fact is unchanged. But anything less than complete accuracy in the data that we report – regardless of the size or the reason – is inconsistent with the standards of excellence to which Columbia holds itself,” the statement reads. “We deeply regret the deficiencies in our prior reporting and are committed to doing better.”
In February, Columbia Mathematics Professor Michael Thaddeus questioned the Ivy League school’s rise in rankings from 18th place, on its debut in 1988, to second place in 2021. In a statement posted on Columbia University’s department of mathematics’ website, Thaddeus
pointed to data submitted by the university to US News & World Report in questioning Columbia’s seemingly meteoric rise in rankings.
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