Lone Official Overstated Claremont McKenna Scores, Report Says

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

An investigation has found that Claremont McKenna College's former vice president for admission and financial aid acted alone in exaggerating freshmen SAT scores and other statistics, which boosted the school's national rankings, according to a report released Tuesday.

The probe, conducted by the O'Melveny & Myers law firm for the college, reported that no individual student's record was altered — only aggregate scores and other data were changed. It also showed that not only were test scores manipulated, as was previously announced, but that class ranking statistics and other information also appeared to have been altered in ways to make the college look better than it was.

The former vice president, Richard Vos, contended that he acted in response to intense pressure from Claremont McKenna President Pamela Gann to become a more selective college, the report said. He told investigators that he was not aiming to affect the college's placing in U.S. News & World Report's listings but to placate Gann with false statistics.

The law firm said that Gann did not push Vos to take unethical actions and that any pressure she exerted did not exceed "the norm for an executive-level employee."

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