Villanova Loses ‘Best Value’ US News Ranking After Data Error Found

Students at the Villanova University campus
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A reporting error has knocked Villanova University off of the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Value rankings, writes Susan Snyder for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The university was reporting its average 2021 need-based grant awarded to students at $51,739, but the actual amount is $40,323.

Villanova University was moved into the “unranked” category as a result. It’s ranking as the 49th best national university remains.

Villanova spokesperson Jonathan Gust said the error came from a “data coding issue”. It was recently discovered and reported immediately to U.S. News, he said.

 “It’s something that the university takes seriously and obviously regrets that an error occurred,” Gust said. “The university will continue to work closely with its auditing team to bolster our data reporting mechanisms.”

Colleges that place higher in the U.S. News rankings are valued by prospective students and parents.

But problems emerge when errors are made or there is a deliberate attempt to provide false data.

U.S. News dropped Columbia University’s No. 2 ranking of national universities for 2022 when the accuracy of its date was questioned by a math professor.

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