Claremont McKenna Not Alone in Admissions Mischief: Jane S. Shaw (Opinion)

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The news that Claremont McKenna College submitted false SAT scores for incoming freshmen to U.S. News & World Report (and other outlets, including the Department of Education) is causing a ripple of shock throughout higher education.

On Monday, the college's president, Pamela B. Gann, acknowledged that the elite school -- No. 9 on the U.S. News list of best colleges -- had submitted the inflated averages for six years.

The shock is that the falsehoods were apparently deliberate. A senior admissions official resigned after taking responsibility for changing the results.

At first glance, the increases -- 10 to 20 points -- seemed relatively small. Could a boost of 10 to 20 points on the average SAT scores make a difference in the ranking of a college? Sadly, the answer is yes.

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