Incomplete note? Columbia loses ranking over questionable data


NEW YORK — American News & World Report downgraded Columbia University from its 2022 edition of Best Colleges, saying in a statement that the Ivy League institution failed to back up some 2021 data it had previously submitted, including ratios. student-faculty and class size.

The decision to rescind the school’s No. 2 rating among National Universities in the 2022 edition came about a week after Columbia announced it would not submit data for the 2023 edition of Best Colleges after that one of his math professors recently raised questions about the accuracy of past submissions.

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

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

“Columbia has long conducted what we believed to be a thorough process of collecting and reporting institutional data, but we are now closely reviewing our processes in light of the issues raised,” she wrote. “The current review is a matter of integrity. We won’t take any shortcuts to get it right.

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

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

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

Columbia will remain ranked in other areas that relied on ratings from senior officials at other universities and departments and did not include Columbia data.

Unranked status will appear on Columbia’s profile page on USNews.com.

ABC News

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