Issues are getting furry over at Ivy League royalty Columbia College. After incomes a No. 2 rating within the U.S. Information & World Report earlier this yr, considered one of Columbia’s personal math professors, Michael Thaddeus, accused the tutorial establishment of submitting “inaccurate, doubtful or extremely deceptive” information in an investigation he printed in March. Final week, U.S. Information dropped Columbia from its rankings.
“After studying about questions referring to Columbia’s submission, U.S. Information Chief Knowledge Strategist Robert Morse first contacted Columbia in March 2022 requesting Columbia substantiate information reported in its 2021 U.S. Information statistical surveys on its counts of tutorial full-time and part-time college, depend of full-time college with a terminal diploma, student-faculty ratio, undergraduate class measurement information, and academic expenditures information for the 2022 Finest Faculties rankings,” wrote Robert Morse and Eric Brooks in a joint weblog publish on the model’s web site. “Up to now, Columbia has been unable to offer passable responses to the data U.S. Information requested.”
Columbia had been in a three-way tie with Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Know-how earlier than being unceremoniously eliminated. The college first debuted at No. 18 on the rankings checklist in 1988, calling the rise to No. 2 “a dizzying ascent.” Thaddeus concluded in his investigation that “Nobody ought to attempt to reform or rehabilitate the rating. It’s irredeemable.” He went on to quote a line from Colin Diver’s piece in The Atlantic titled “Is There Life After Rankings?” “Making an attempt to rank establishments of upper schooling is a bit of like attempting to rank religions or philosophies. All the enterprise is flawed, not solely intimately but in addition in conception.” Thaddeus goes on to elaborate that each scholar has particular wants and it “is much too complicated to be projected by a single parameter.”
On the finish of June, the New York Occasions reported that Columbia wouldn’t be collaborating within the 2023 U.S. Information & World Report rankings.
A spokesperson from Columbia College shared this assertion with ILTUWS when requested for remark:
“As introduced on June 30 by Provost Mary C. Boyce, Columbia is conducting a evaluate of our information assortment and submission course of for the undergraduate survey. We’ve got been clear with U.S. Information & World Report that, whereas that evaluate is underway, we’ll chorus from submitting undergraduate-related data. Columbia takes severely the questions raised about our information submission. A radical evaluate can’t be rushed. Whereas we’re upset in U.S. Information & World Report’s determination, we think about this matter of integrity and can take no shortcuts in getting it proper.”
Now is likely to be nearly as good a time as ever for the Columbia College college students who participated in Tuition Strike 2021 to make their case for decreased tuition and elevated monetary help — amongst their different initiatives like stopping the varsity’s West Harlem growth and rising funding transparency.