A University Of Illinois Law Dean Resigns After Report Details Manipulations Of Admissions Data

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The University of Illinois' law school admissions dean resigned after a school investigation found he single-handedly manipulated the class profile in six of the last seven years, university officials announced Monday.

The university will end up spending about $1 million on a two-month investigation following the revelation that the College of Law manipulated the median grades and entrance-test scores of its students to make the classes appear more academically accomplished than they were.

"It was critical that we perform an exhaustive, independent review to verify all the data and fully understand what happened and how so we can prevent it from happening again," U. of I. spokesman Thomas Hardy said in response to a question about the cost. "It's an important investment in our future."

Paul Pless, the college's admissions dean for the past seven years, resigned Friday. He had been on leave since early September after the university's ethics office was tipped off Aug. 26 that erroneous information had been reported about the Class of 2014, a group the college touted as "the most academically distinguished" in the school's history, with a median LSAT score of 168 that boosted the school into a "rarefied level." The class' actual median LSAT score was 163.

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