Friday, June 30, 2006

Clarification of Baylor Data

The Agoraphilia blog for June 27 offers some clarification of Baylor Law School's U.S. News & World Report reporting and ranking controversy, which I have previously discussed in Out of the Jungle. According to Agoraphilia, Baylor Associate Dean Leah Jackson now "offers credible proof that Baylor answered USN&WR's online questionnaire accurately. ... Jackson's account strongly suggests that USN&WR mistook a follow-up fax from Baylor as correction to that school's online form, rather than as the supplementary explanation that Baylor intended." It looks as if Baylor did nothing wrong, while U.S. News apparently dropped the ball. Neither Bell nor Jackson accuses the magazine of wrongdoing, but something clearly went wrong.

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