Columbia University loses ranking over questionable data

Columbia University loses ranking over questionable data

A woman walks past the Columbia University campus on Monday, March 9, 2020 in New York City.Mark Lenihan / The Associated Press

US News & World Report has singled out Columbia University from its 2022 edition of Best Colleges, saying in a statement that Ivy League institutions were unable to substantiate some of the 2021 data previously submitted, including student-faculty ratios and class sizes. have failed.

2 rating among national universities in the 2022 edition came nearly a week after Columbia announced that it would not submit data for the 2023 edition of Best Colleges, as its math professors Recently questions were raised about accuracy. past presentations.

The 2022 edition was first published in September 2021. Prospective students often rely on US News & World Report rankings to determine where they should apply to college.

Columbia Provost Mary Boyce said in a statement posted on June 30 that the school was reviewing its data collection and submission process in light of the professor’s concerns and the July 1 deadline for US News and World Report’s 2023 BEST. could not complete the work on time. Colleges Edition.

“Colombia has long carried out what we believed to be an exhaustive process for collecting and reporting institutional data, but we are now reviewing our processes closely in light of the questions raised,” she wrote. “The ongoing review is a matter of integrity. We won’t take any shortcuts in fixing this.”

US News said it had contacted Columbia officials in March after learning that there were questions about the accuracy of the university’s submission and asked it to substantiate some of the information.

“To date, Columbia has been unable to provide a satisfactory response to the information requested by US News,” the publisher said in a statement Thursday.

Therefore, the publisher said, it has removed the school’s numerical ranking in various lists including 2022 National Universities, 2022 Best Value Schools and 2022 Top Performers on Social Mobility.

Colombia will remain dependent on ratings from top officials from other universities and departments and rank among other regions that do not include data from Colombia.

The unranked position will appear on Colombia’s profile page at

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