The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 26, 2013

Bucknell comes clean on inflated SAT scores

By Bill Foley
The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG — Scholastic Aptitude Test scores calculated by Bucknell University and used by U.S. News & World Report for its national college rankings were inflated by an average of 16 points between 2006 and 2012, school president John C. Bravman wrote in an email to alumni Friday.

Bucknell omitted SAT calculations of up to 47 students in each of those seven years, Bravman wrote, resulting in overall test scores that were seven to 25 points higher on the SAT’s 1,600-point scale than they actually were.

On average, scores from 32 students in each of the seven years were left out, boosting reports of entrance exam results 16 points.

Bucknell also reported ACT scores for incoming freshmen that were one point lower than the correct figures. A perfect score on the ACT is 36.

“Enrollment management leadership no longer with the university prepared these inaccurate numbers,” Bravman wrote. “That leadership reported the inaccurate numbers to the board (of trustees) and to other officers of the university, internal offices and governance committees, and posted the inaccurate numbers on the university website.”

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