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Kiplinger drops Claremont McKenna College amid test scores scandal

February 3, 2012 |  5:31 pm
Photo: Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif. Credit: Reed Saxon / Associated PressClaremont McKenna College took another blow Friday as a result of the scandal involving its admissions office exaggerating its freshman classes’ SAT scores. The finance magazine Kiplinger announced that it has dropped the Southern California campus from its list of best values in liberal arts colleges.

“Kiplinger's has learned that Claremont McKenna College unfairly earned its place as 18th-ranked private liberal arts college in our college rankings by reporting inflated SAT scores,” the magazine announced in an online statement.

With the elimination of Claremont McKenna, all the schools listed below it moved up one rank. Pomona College, a sister school in the Claremont cluster of seven undergraduate and graduate institutions, remains No. 1 on that Kiplinger list.

Earlier this week, Claremont McKenna President Pamela B. Gann informed the school that an admissions official had boosted the collective SAT scores for the last six years, manipulating statistics that are a factor in national rankings of schools by publications such as U.S. News & World Report. The school’s longtime admissions dean is no longer working at the school, officials said.

Claremont McKenna spokesman Max Benavidez said Friday that the school had no comment about the Kiplinger move. However, he noted that the college has sent out corrected scores to magazines and federal agencies that previously received the exaggerated statistics.

In U.S. News & World Report’s recent ranking of national liberal arts colleges, Claremont McKenna was ninth, up from 11th the year before. In reaction to the news about the hyped SAT scores, U.S. News said that it will not revise previously published rankings but that it will review the corrected test scores and estimate the impact on the school’s rankings.

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Photo: Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif. Credit: Reed Saxon / Associated Press

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