UC Berkeley booted from U.S. News and amp . World Report rankings due to reporting errors

UC Berkeley booted from U.S. News  and amp .  World Report rankings due to reporting errors


UC Berkeley booted from U.S. News and amp . World Report rankings due to reporting errors Like a student whose test score is disqualified, storied UC Berkeley — among the highest ranking universities in the nation — has been kicked off the 2019 college rankings by U.S. News and World Report, whose listings are relied on by high school students everywhere to decide where to apply. The 2019 U.S. News rankings had listed UC Berkeley as the second best public university after UCLA. But after UC Berkeley recently told the service that it had provided several years of wrong information about the size of its charitable contributions — which accounts for 5 percent of a schools ranking — the campus of Nobel Prize winners and touted researchers got the boot. UC Berkeley was unranked, and this years listing and goes directly to third ranked University of Virginia. UC Berkeley has greatly overstated its alumni giving data to U.S. News annually since 2014, resulting in a higher ranking, the service said in a statement Thursday. U.S. News allows campuses to report only tax deductible gifts, as specified by the federal government and industry standards. But the ranking service said UC Berkeley informed it this year that it had improperly included pledges of charitable contributions — pledges are not tax deductible — in its report. UC Berkeley also overstated the average alumni giving rate for 2016, telling U.S. News it was 11.6 percent rather than 7.9 percent . As soon as we were aware of the matter, we reported it to U.S. News and provided corrected data, UC Berkeley said in a statement, which said the ranking services reporting rules changed in 2014 to prohibit pledges. That change was apparently overlooked, as we continued using the previously existing U.S. News reporting guidelines. We regret the oversight and look forward to working with U.S. News regarding any additional steps that need to be taken, according to the statement provided by UC Berkeley spokesman Roqua Montez. In all, U.S. News unranked five universities from this years coveted listing for similar reasons. Three are private schools: Scripps College, a womens campus in Claremont Los Angeles County ; Mars Hill University in North Carolina; and Johnson and Wales University, a career school in Rhode Island. The other campus is the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, a public school. Misreporting is rare, and U.S. News takes misreporting very seriously, the ranking service said. To be reinstated, UC Berkeley will have to submit its data to U.S. News for the next three years accompanied by a letter from the UC Berkeley campus chancellor as well as the president of the University of California system. Each letter should bear the signature of the chancellor and president, verifying the accuracy of all information submitted, Brian Kelly, U.S. News editor, and Robert Morse, its chief data strategist, wrote UC President Janet Napolitano and campus Chancellor Carol Christ on Thursday. Asked if he believes the university will be restored to the ranking next year, Montez said, We absolutely hope that is the case. Nanette Asimov is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter:

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