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College says it submitted false test scores

world Updated: Jan 31, 2012 23:27 IST
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A senior administrator at California’s Claremont Mc­Kenna College has confessed to ­submitting false SAT college admission test scores to publications such as US News & World Report since 2005 to inflate the small, prestigious school’s ranking among the nation’s colleges and universities.

President Pamela Gann told college staff ­members and students at the small, prestigious school about the falsified scores in an email on Monday, according to The New York Times.

Gann wrote that a “senior administrator” had taken sole responsibility for falsifying the scores, admitted doing so since 2005, and resigned his post.

Gann said the critical reading and math scores reported to US News and others “were generally inflated by an average of 10 to 20 points each.”

The current US News rankings list Claremont McKenna as the ninth best liberal arts college in the country, a fact noted on Gann’s biography on the college’s website.