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University of Illinois College of Law Under Fire for Grade Inflation

One of the nation’s most elite law schools is being scrutinized  after discoveries of grade inflation have come to light. Official at the University of Illinois College of Law are responding to a report that was released Monday by the university indicating that for several years, assistant dean Paul Pless inflated grades and entrance exam scores for incoming students for data that was posted online.

An investigative team was hired in September after complaints that information regarding the class of 2014 was inaccurate. The team, an outside law firm and data analysis company, found that in six of the 10 years they reviewed, inaccuracies were discovered. Additionally, the inaccurate data were forwarded to the American Bar Association as well as other influential organizations like the U.S. News & World Report.
Pless was placed on administrative leave and has since resigned.
“The college takes seriously the issue of data integrity and intends to implement the report’s recommendations promptly and comprehensively,” Dean Bruce Smith said in a statement. “As the report properly recognizes, the College of Law remains one of the nation’s premier law schools. We are confident that we will justify that assessment with data that are accurate, transparent and unimpeachable.”  

Lauryn is a senior at Northeastern University majoring in journalism. She has written for Boston.com as well as the HC branch at Northeastern. Lauryn is also a teaching assistant for International Affairs students at Northeastern. In May and June of 2011, she embarked on a reporting trip to the Middle East, where she mastered the art of "man on the street" reporting and gained a new appreciation for falafel. In her spare time, Lauryn enjoys writing, walking around Boston aimlessly, traveling and a unhealthy obsession with her Kindle. She loves eating, French bulldogs and Anderson Cooper. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in foreign correspondence or magazine journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @laurynpaiva.
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