Ex-staffer says she was ordered to pad law school's job numbers

, The National Law Journal

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A former assistant career services dean at the Thomas Jefferson Law School has filed a declaration in a class action against the institution in which she acknowledges padding graduate employment statistics in 2006.

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What's being said

  • SD

    As someone who has tracked graduate employment statistics for years, I can say this: "I was just doing what I was told", is not a justification. If you think it's wrong, it probably is. So don't do it.

  • LulaineRDLegalFunding

    This is another revelation it what will prove to be an avalanche of information, evidence, and possible witnesses against the law schools. The issue is slowly reaching critical mass but it seems the plaintiffs may have stronger legs to stand on once these revelations see the light of day.

  • W

    This is exactly why all statistics should be accompanied by explanatory narratives. Numbers are so easily manipulated - what does one put in the numerator? the denominator? Why are they included or not? What does their inclusion or exclusion tell us about the nature of the market? Do those statistics have similar meaning in different markets? How does one draw the line between markets in comparisions? "Snapshots" in time do not tell the whole story of outcomes, particularly in instances where mission and goals are not the same.

  • DrGeneNelson

    I believe that Karen Grant's revelations are only the "tip of the iceberg." Another systematic deception is to include only employed in-field college graduates in any publicized salary survey. This practice paints an optimistic perspective for young, impressionable studens.

    The economic impact of employers discriminating against experienced workers is also suppressed. See my analysis of U.S. Census Bureau 2002 American Community Survey data by searching by title for the PDF version of my recent article, "How Record Immigration Levels Robbed American High-Tech Workers of $10 Trillion." You will learn that for most U.S. workers, their decade of highest earnings is between age 40 and 50.

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