Daily Debriefing

by Diana Ming | 8/20/12 10:00pm

On Friday, Emory University officials announced that administrators had knowingly misreported admissions data including SAT and ACT scores, class rank and grade point averages of incoming students for at least 12 years, Inside Higher Ed reported. While Emory officials could not determine why misreporting occurred, the incorrect data was used by organizations including the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. News and World Report. Instead of publishing statistics for enrolled students, Emory administrators reported statistics of admitted students, resulting in higher numbers as many top students in Emory's admission pool matriculated at other institutions. Emory released two years of the misreported and corrected data, which showed that the 25th and 75th percentiles of SAT scores were about 40 points higher and the percentage of students in the top decile of their graduating classes were about 10 percent higher than the actual figures. Emory officials said that the discovery of the misreporting, which came after a three-month investigation, was a blow to the university, which prides itself as being "ethically engaged," Inside Higher Ed wrote.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an agency that accredits universities in the Mid-Atlantic region, issued a warning to Pennsylvania State University announcing that the school's accreditation status is "in jeopardy" in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, according to MSNBC. While Penn State will remain accredited, the commission is requesting a monitoring report to be submitted by the end of September to ensure that the school is complying with governmental standards "on leadership and governance as well as integrity," MSNBC reported. The demand follows the school's mishandling of the molestation allegations against Sandusky, the former assistant football coach, who was convicted in June of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. Penn State officials said they are confident that the university will be able to address the concerns raised by the commission and remain in compliance with the standards, MSNBC reported.

A study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that workers who did not have a college degree were the most affected by the economic recession that began in 2007, Yahoo News reported on Monday. The unemployment rate for those with a bachelor's degree or higher was seven percent, while the rate for individuals with only a high school diploma was 24 percent. The study also found that college graduates gained 200,000 job opportunities, while people with high school diplomas or less lost 5.6 million jobs during the recession. College graduates also were found to have contributed to job growth, the study found. More than two million jobs that have been created in the last two years have gone to those with college degrees, according to the study.