George Washington University, which U.S. News & World Report had ranked 51st among national universities, is now unranked after the school’s disclosure...that it had overstated the academic credentials of incoming freshmen.Apparently, a least a few other institutions of higher learning are participating in a similar scam:
On Wednesday, the architect of the U.S. News Best Colleges listings, Robert Morse, wrote that GWU will remain unranked until the next rankings are issued in September and the university confirms the accuracy of data it submits.
Many GWU students prize its location a few blocks from the White House and its status as an upper-tier school that had been no lower than 54th on the U.S. News list for a decade. Such prestige, students said, has made the school worth the annual sticker price of more than $45,000 a year in tuition and fees.
At issue with GWU is the percentage of freshmen in fall 2011 who were said to have graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Originally, the university said the share was 78 percent. But GWU officials said last Thursday that the correct figure was 58 percent....
Two other prominent schools, Claremont McKenna College in California and Emory University in Atlanta, acknowledged this year that they inflated SAT scores of incoming freshmen in public reports. But U.S. News concluded in both cases that the 2011-12 rankings of the two schools were not affected....A few months ago, a former student who had recently entered the doctorate program at a prominent university not mentioned in the above Washington Post article phoned me to relate what had transpired during his second week of classes. Only three of the doctorate-degree students in an area of study that should contain only excellent candidates for the university's rigorous program arrived to class with the assignment completed. Only three! The assignment: to write a three-page paper on the given topic. All but three of these doctoral candidates presented work of only one paragraph, and that paragraph was filled with egregious errors in grammar and logic. How is such incompetence at this level even possible?
The best that I can say about the above anecdote is that this field of study is in no way related to the medical profession. But I have to ask, "Of what caliber are today's medical students?"
America as moronocracy is upon us!