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Columbia University Admits Providing ‘Inaccurate Data’ for College Rankings

Columbia University Admits Providing ‘Inaccurate Data’ for College Rankings

“The Columbia undergraduate experience is and always has been centered around small classes taught by highly accomplished faculty.”

This does not look good at all.

CNN reports:

Columbia University acknowledges submitting inaccurate data for consideration in college rankings

Columbia University said that it relied on “outdated and/or incorrect methodologies” in submitting data to U.S. News & World Report for consideration in the publication’s 2021 college rankings, according to a statement released by the university Friday.

“The Columbia undergraduate experience is and always has been centered 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 2nd place in 2021. In a statement posted on Columbia University’s Department of Mathematics’ website, Thaddeus noted that “few other top-tier universities have also improved their standings, but none has matched Columbia’s extraordinary rise.”

Thaddeus pointed to data submitted by the university to U.S. News & World Report in questioning Columbia’s seemingly meteoric rise in rankings.

“Can we be sure that the data accurately reflect the reality of life within the university?” Thaddeus rhetorically asked. “Regrettably, the answer is no.”

The math professor then tabulated data on “undergraduate class size, percentage of faculty with terminal degrees, percentage of faculty who are full-time, and student-faculty ratio” submitted by Columbia University to U.S. News & World Report and compares the data “with figures computed by other means, drawing on information made public by Columbia elsewhere.”

In his findings, Thaddeus said there were “discrepancies sometimes quite large” which seemed to always work in Columbia’s favor.

In response to Thaddeus’ findings, Columbia University Provost Mary Boyce said in a June statement that the university would “refrain from submitting data to U.S. News and World Report” for consideration in the publication’s 2022 undergraduate college rankings.

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henrybowman | September 13, 2022 at 6:56 pm

“there were “discrepancies sometimes quite large” which seemed to always work in Columbia’s favor.”

“But… but we used the new non-racist statistical methods!”

Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus.

I wonder how Professor Thaddeus is doing these days?


 
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drsamherman | September 17, 2022 at 12:40 am

So most federal government accountants come from Columbia?

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