CMC's Rank Unaffected by SAT Sandal

The recent SAT scandal will most likely not affect the ranking of Claremont McKenna College in the U.S. News and World Report, according to U.S. News & World Report Editor and Chief Content Officer Brian Kelly. Last week, CMC formally released an external investigative report on the SAT scandal it first discovered in January. The 25-page report, which has been independently authored by the law firm O'Melveny & Myers LLP, is publicly available on the College's website. The main findings of the report are that Richard Vos, the former Vice President of Admissions and Financial Aid, reported falsely modified SAT scores, ACT scores, class rank statistics, and application statistics since 2004.

On April 19, following the release of the report, U.S. News and World Report's Bob Morse wrote an article in which he said the College's ranking would most likely have remained the same whether or not the test numbers were fudged. He interviewed Editor and Chief Content Officer Brian Kelly, who said that the publication is currently reviewing the report and that the "preliminary calculation shows that based on the correct data, Claremont McKenna College's ranking would not have changed." He added, "We will decide if further adjustments or explanations to our readers are necessary."

CMC is currently ranked by the publication as the 9th best liberal arts college in the nation. At the time of the scandal, it was believed that pressure to improve rankings played a central role in motivating Vos to falsify the data. However, the independent report states that Vos did not face any extraordinary pressure "or any form of intimidation that might reasonably lead us to view the pressure exerted as coercive or improper." The report highlighted that increasing CMC's ranking was not Vos's motivation for reporting false data and that it "believes the VP's (Vos') assertion to be true".