another higher ed scandal
The University of Oklahoma has been supplying false information to U.S. News & World Report for the last 20 years, reports CNN.
U.S. News & World Report, which creates the annual Best Colleges rankings, says the university has given "inflated" numbers on its alumni giving rates, of all things. Oklahoma will now be unranked in the 2019 rankings.
The university inflated its alumni giving rate by more than 40 percent, incorrectly claiming it was 14 percent instead of 9.7 percent. The alumni giving rate makes up 5 percent of the rankings formula, as it "measures student satisfaction and post-graduate engagement," reports CNN.
The school said it noticed the error in reporting in 2018 and immediately gave the accurate information to U.S. News. OU was ranked 97th in 2018 among both public and private institutions.
The revelation marks the second time in two years that a college has provided false information to U.S. News for several years, following Temple University's admission it had inflated information about its online M.B.A. program, per Inside Higher Ed.
Editor's note: This piece originally misstated the percent by which the university inflated its alumni giving rate. It has since been corrected. We regret the error.