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Bastards. The Chicago way. Wisconsin gets screwed again!
No one should care about these rankings. They are irrelevant to real life.
"Bastards. The Chicago way. Wisconsin gets screwed again!"At Wisconsin, the debate among the faculty has always been dominated by arguments that we should go lower on the hard variables -- LSAT and GPA -- to have more room to work with the soft variables. If we had decided to go all out for hard variables, we'd be well within the top 20 today. It has been a choice, stuck to over the entire time the U.S. News rankings have existed.
Maybe, their "first" list isn't all of those who got accepted? The list is done while admissions is still open ... so they drop in the students with lower scores?The other choice? Would be a cut off that would rob them of income.Since what really fills the plates are paying customers.Illinois won't be the only school!I'm sure what's come on board is the electronic nature of databases ... and data mining technology ... Which finds those "needles in a haystack."
What about measuring the bumps on their heads and the lengths of their noses?Its all "optics" anyway says our Beloved Leader.Which means that if they can't catch you, then you get away with it. (An old pickpocket motto.)But at least those religious Ten Commandments displays have been cleansed from our land.
It's Chicago math!The thing to notice about these errors, from glacial melt to LSAT/GPA scores, is the consistent bias of the error in the direction that serves the interest of the publisher of the results.Probability tells us that error is not random.
Written in cement, the other variable is that "some" of those entering ... run away ... sans degree. Sans even units they can transfer. And, students who didn't get in as freshman, can still apply to start ... with fun and games ... in their 2nd year.What's lacking from this study ... is how ... in the past ... gifted students (in the sciences,let's say) ... chased professors!Did you know Richard Feynman chose Princeton because Einstein was there? (Einstein lived at 112 Mercer Street. Within walking distance.) He kept mentally fit, too, because the young students would come to him with breathtaking ideas.Hearing one of them, Eistein said "He doubted God played dice with the universe." (But he wasn't going to speak to God's mind set.)
"It's Chicago math!"Unfortunately, if you go to that phonily high-ranked school, you won't even get to live in Chicago.
When you hear the words, "sincerely regrets", you know they knew what they were doing all along.
Ann Althouse said... "It's Chicago math!"Unfortunately, if you go to that phonily high-ranked school, you won't even get to live in Chicago.Obviously, since her school days, Althouse has forgotten about the commutative, associative, distributive and multiplicative identity properties of Chicago math.:)
Lawyers were lying??
Althouse said: Unfortunately, if you go to that phonily high-ranked school, you won't even get to live in Chicago.You mean they get to live in Shampoo-Banana?It's like a dream come true!wv.phireeknThere is no phireekn way I want to live in Chicago.
And one must wonder how many of these other schools have cheated/erred.All of them.
Hard variables vs soft ones. Becareful or someone may be taken aback...oh wait, that is a different post!
The Cheating Illini!
And who, then, shall guard the guardians of the Rule of Law?
Prof. Althouse, completely apart from its impact on USN&WR rankings, do you agree with the policy of going lower on the hard variables (LSAT & GPA) to have more room to work with the soft variables?
What ranking would IL have had without their deception?
Chief Illinwek is appalled.
How did the supposedly best and brightest among us cobble together such a corrupt inefficient system as higher education?It's going to get ugly when the bubble bursts.
At Wisconsin, the debate among the faculty has always been dominated by arguments that we should go lower on the hard variables -- LSAT and GPA -- to have more room to work with the soft variables.In light of the CEO study, you're basically saying that Wisconsin would be a perennial Top 25 law school, but for its diversity policies.
Now LSU is stealing your mascot! Bastards! Wisconsin really gets no respect at all.
At Wisconsin, the debate among the faculty has always been dominated by arguments that we should go lower on the hard variables -- LSAT and GPA -- to have more room to work with the soft variables. Pray tell, what are these "soft variables"? Affirmative action maybe?
Prof. Althouse, completely apart from its impact on USN&WR rankings, do you agree with the policy of going lower on the hard variables (LSAT & GPA) to have more room to work with the soft variables?What a rude question. Next you will be asking about her frequency of marital congress with Meade.
Pray tell, what are these "soft variables"? Affirmative action maybe?Soft variables are hair style, ass size and shape, and eyelash length.Next?
As long as no students of different diversities were disrespted I'm okay with it.
"Bombshell"Huh. The bombs are getting small and the targets are insignificant.
Now, you see, "Illinois Bombshell" to me evoked images of "Girls of the Big Ten."Wrong thread, I guess.
It looks like Trooper will have to give a place to law School Administrators somewhere between Lawyers and Reporters.But lawyers believe in the saying, "Don't look back, something might be gaining on you."
I didn't intend my question to be rude; I'm not sure if it appears that way.I can imagine very plausible arguments for considering factors other than GPA and LSAT — for one, the quality and standards of the school from which the GPA comes. Even without embracing Justice O'Connor's smoke and mirrors for why the Constitution permits racial preferences now but won't in 2028, I can think of many "soft" factors other than race that might be entirely legitimate factors for even a state-supported law school to consider.So I don't think it's a disrespectful question. And I don't insist on an answer. This is Prof. A's blog, she'll answer if she feels so inclined, and that's that (and as it should be). I won't take offense if she doesn't respond at all.
""Illinois Bombshell: Class of 2014 Median LSAT/GPA Is 163/3.70, Not 168/3.81.""Illinois got itself up to #23 with what it claims was a "mistake."But the most recent USNWR ranking is based on the class of 2013's numbers. So the "mistake" had nothing to do with Illinois being ranked #23 in this past spring's issue. It's rank in the next issue would have been based on a "mistake," had it not been caught and corrected.
@BSK, asks the question begging from the recent dust up on diversity.Sounds like the UW decided to lower the bar by using soft data, which has proven to be so soft it's possibly not even formed yet, if you have read the email to the Cap Times editor (term used loosely)from the Physics Professor regarding the admission policy that no one can exactly get their hands around.Said Physics Professor is asking for actual facts (uh oh, not a favorite of progressives when you can spend your life chatting about feelings, interpretations, idealogy, hypotheticals and theoreticals)regarding what was and was not used for admissions decisions and what is or isn't the actual outcomes for WI students and their parents.Do not hold your breath waiting for the facts unless you look damn good in blue!
Either way, there aren't many jobs for these folks no matter what their LSAT
"Prof. Althouse, completely apart from its impact on USN&WR rankings, do you agree with the policy of going lower on the hard variables (LSAT & GPA) to have more room to work with the soft variables?"Yes, but there's no way to escape from the rankings. I've spent a lot of time reading admissions files, and I would like to choose lots of interesting people, but the fact is, *they* look at the rankings too. If we had stress hard numbers from the earliest days of the rankings back in the 80s -- which I argued (uphill!) for back then -- we'd be maybe #17 in the rankings today. But the other schools who saw and opportunity played the game that we were above and now they are above us. That's the truth!
And when I say "*they* look at the rankings too" what I mean is that they will turn down our offer and go to a higher ranked school, so if we don't play the rankings, the soft variables don't work either.
I have banged my head against the wall for 25 years making that argument. But I have colleagues who imagine that somehow we will simply be loved and valued because of our beautiful goodness.
So they basically lied on their resume and only came clean when someone called them on it. Will there be repercussions? No. That tells you all you need to know about "legal ethics" at law schools.
Soft variables cover all sorts of things... the details of where the person went to school and what he or she studied, for example. All sorts of life experiences. Older students who have been nurses or teachers or served in the military. People who have struggled with adversity of all kinds. If you really care about diversity and what it contributes to the classroom experience, it is not simply a euphemism for race.I have worked on Admissions Committees and read thousands of files. These are real people, and I took that work seriously.
/nod, thanks for the clarification, Professor Althouse. I've never participated in any law school's process for selecting those to whom it offers admission, but I've participated a lot in three BigLaw firms' hiring of law students for internships and associate positions. And serious people should, and mostly do, take such decisions seriously.
No correction to the "mistake" in your original post, Ann?
Sue the bastards! I would LOVE to see the American legal establishment bankrupted by a plague of frivolous lawsuits.
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