Emory U. Intentionally Misreported Admissions Data, Investigation Finds

Emory University intentionally misreported its admissions data for more than a decade, with the knowledge and participation of the leadership of the admission and institutional-research offices, the university announced on Friday. That was the key finding in a three-month internal investigation conducted with the help of Jones Day, a law firm.

While Emory strives to be an ethical place, “we are a human institution,” said James W. Wagner, the university’s president, at a news briefing. “We are not perfect.”

The misreported data—sent to U.S. News & World Report and other recipients, including the U.S. Education Department—were discovered in May by John F. Latting, the university’s new assistant vice provost for undergraduate enrollment and dean of admission, who informed the provost.

The investigation found that two former deans of admission and the leadership of the institutional-research office were involved in the misreporting. None of the responsible employees remain at Emory, said university officials, who declined to identify the employees. When a reporter asked during the briefing whether the person from institutional research had been fired or resigned, officials declined to specify.

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