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February 07, 2012 10:00 AM Claremont McKenna, Off the List

By Daniel Luzer

The financial planning magazine Kiplinger’s has dropped Claremont McKenna College from its prominent “Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges” list. Claremont McKenna was number 18.

This comes in the aftermath of news that the liberal arts college in Claremont, California systematically lied about its students’ Scholastic Aptitude Test scores. An admission officer at the school apparently inflated results by 10 to 20 points to college ratings guides, and his own superiors, over a six year period.

According to a statement by Kiplinger’s:

…Claremont McKenna College unfairly earned its place as 18th-ranked private liberal arts college in our college rankings by reporting inflated SAT scores. We have dropped the college from our 2011-12 rankings of best values in liberal arts colleges and moved schools 19-100 up one slot. Bennington College has been added to the top 100.

U.S. News & World Report plans to recalculate the school’s ranking, though it will continue to keep the institution on its list.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer