Saturday, October 27, 2012
Yet more allegations of fudged employment data reports. From the National Law Journal:
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.
Karen Grant said in a sworn statement in August that she counted recent graduates as employed if they had worked in any capacity since graduation. She blamed pressure by her supervisor to improve the school's jobs statistics.
Law schools are only supposed to report graduates as employed if they have a job nine months following graduation, according to American Bar Association rules.
"I was to ask first if they were currently employed," she said. "If the graduate indicated he or she was not currently employed, I would then inquire whether he or she was employed at any time after graduation. If the graduate indicated he or she was employed at any time after graduation (even though currently unemployed), I was instructed to record the graduate as 'employed' " for the record.