U.S. News & World Report’s chief rankings officer Bob Morse has released a statement on the controversy over Brooklyn Law School’s rankings. Morse has confirmed that the school inflated its ranking by not reporting part-time students but the magazine will not adjust the ranking this year.
Brooklyn Law would have ranked lower in the 2010 Best Law Schools ranking if the original combined all-students data it entered in October had been used in the rankings. Additionally, if Brooklyn had reported its part-time admissions data, it would have appeared in the new, separate rankings for part-time law programs.
U.S. News is not going to recalculate Brooklyn’s law school rank. Next year, when U.S. News produces the 2011 rankings, if schools with part-time programs leave the part-time fields blank or incorrectly report full-time data in fields meant for their combined class, U.S. News will fill in those fields using the information for those schools that was published in the previous year’s American Bar Association report.
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