College Administrator Faked SAT Scores to Boost Ranking
Back in the old days we’ve always had the mindset that we would be set for life if we are able to get enrolled in the best-ranking colleges throughout the nation. Some of us chose the career path that has the best pay rather than the career path we were interested in. No matter what our reasons were, we all had to go through the same process once we reached our junior and senior years of high school: take the college entrance exams, namely the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the American College Testing (ACT), and all other required entrance exams required by the college or university we’ve chosen to apply for.
Being a Californian, I’ve always felt proud that our state has plenty of the best, if not the best, educational institutions in the country. Institutions such as UC Berkeley, Stanford, CalTech, CalArts, to name a few, have been in the U.S. News Top 50 list of the best colleges and universities throughout the country for many years now. California also isn’t falling behind in terms of the ranking of the best liberal arts colleges in the country. The Claremont Colleges, more specifically, Pomona College, Harvey Mudd College, Scripps College, and Claremont McKenna College, have also been at the U.S. News Top 50 liberal arts colleges list for many years.
Today, with more colleges and universities being founded and with the rise of online colleges and universities, now it makes me wonder why we were so bent on getting in to something the country is considered the best rather than choosing the paths that we’ve always wanted to be in the first place. In addition to just getting the right scores in the SATs and the ACTs just to be admitted, we all had to sacrifice so much so we can have enough money to pay for our tuition fees. Working on part-time jobs, filling up Financial Aid applications hoping for a grant rather than a loan, asking our parents to help us fund our schooling, entering contests in hopes of earning scholarships, all of these just to continue our education at one of the country’s best schools and gain the reputation of being a student of that said school. We all thought that the sacrifice and the money would be all worth it as long as we do our best in our studies in order to succeed and earn that degree we’ve been aiming for.
Sadly, a shocking news regarding one of the best liberal arts colleges was released today. A senior administrator of Claremont McKenna College, ranked 9th best liberal arts college in the country, resigned after admitting that for the past seven years that he had falsified their undergraduates’ SAT scores to college-ranking publications such as the U.S. News and World Report in order to boost and maintain their prestigious ranking. Pamela Gann, president of the college, stated that she was warned of inaccurate reporting earlier in the month and requested for their administrators to investigate in this matter. It was then that this senior administrator, still unidentified for now, admitted to the crime and had been falsifying these reports since 2005.Continued on the next page