PHILADELPHIA - The law school at Villanova University has been censured for submitting falsified admissions data for several years to the American Bar Association, allegedly at the behest of onetime administrators at the school.
The action comes months after Villanova first disclosed publicly that staff members inflated the school’s median grade-point averages and scores on the Law School Admissions Test. Both data sets often factor into law school rankings.
“I think this group of individuals, they were very careful to keep it secret, not to draw any sort of red flags,’’ law school dean John Gotanda said yesterday.
Villanova’s average admissions test scores were padded by two to three points between 2005 and 2009, Gotanda said. The median grade-point average was raised by up to 0.16 points.
The law school at the Catholic university near Philadelphia could have lost its accreditation, but the bar association instead issued a public censure Friday because of Villanova’s self-reporting and remedial action.