The Madeleine Brand Show for January 31, 2012

The pervasiveness of college ranking and Claremont McKenna's SAT debacle

SAT Test To Be Revamped

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SAT prep books line the shelves of Barnes and Noble in New York City. An official at Claremont McKenna College admitted to falsifying the SAT scores of incoming freshman students in order to improve the school's standing in rankings from publications like U.S. News and World Report.

The prestigious Claremont McKenna College, just east of Los Angeles, is under scrutiny for inflating the SAT scores of its incoming students. A top official at the liberal arts school admitted to exaggerating the numbers to improve the school's ranking by publications like U.S. News and World Report.

Colleges are under increasing pressure to move up in these widely-read rankings, and just a matter of a few points on SAT scores can mean the difference between being in the top 10, or falling to number 11.

Barmak Nassirian joins the show to discuss how the rankings are affecting higher education. He's an official at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, a professional association that safeguards quality in higher education.


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