Helmholtz wrote:I'm willing to give somebody the benefit of the doubt, but if it was mistake, (1) it was one hell of a convenient mistake (both number metrics just happen to be extremely overinflated?), and (2) holy shit, what a gigantic mistake (5 LSAT points?!? It wasn't like somebody accidentally entered 3.65 into the system instead of 3.56, and even if they did, I'm sure these things are double-checked, then double-checked again, and then somebody else double-checks the double-checks).
Additionally, it's not like these numbers just got entered onto some form that nobody ever looked at. They were published to the school's website and probably circulated around many times internally in e-mails, etc. Everyone in the department probably wanted to know what the new medians were. Probably everybody in the rest of the school administration, too.
These are the most important numbers an admissions office deals with on a day-to-day basis. These are numbers that admissions deans probably check and double check on an hourly basis near the seat deposit deadlines, etc. They're numbers you send out to the CSO so they can promote the school to employers. The people in charge of this stuff check it at least every day. To think that the number got entered into the website and was up there for many weeks before anyone ever noticed that it was wrong is really stretching it. Since 168 was a new record for Illinois, I'm sure Pless heard many accolades and congratulations on his accomplishment.
Plus, if the median really did drop to 163, you have one hell of a motive to lie. Pless likely would have probably been fired anyways had the truth come out. Schools spend millions of dollars trying to buy these medians. I'd hate to be the guy who just blew $5 million on scholarship money only to come back reporting a 163 median...when you're a top 25 school.