A few other education consumer advocates and I have long tried to get the media to pay attention, but to no avail. Higher education's PR, marketing, and lobbying machine is second only to the teacher's union lobby.
But finally, there appears to be a glimmer of hope, from a source the media might actually pay attention to: one of America's most liberal senators. See this press release from Barbara Boxer:
BOXER CALLS ON AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION TO ENSURE ACCURATE AND TRANSPARENT DATA REPORTING BY LAW SCHOOLS
Recent Reports Suggest Misleading Post-Graduation Employment and Salary Information Used to Skew Influential National Rankings of Law Schools
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today called on the American Bar Association (ABA) to improve its oversight of admissions and post-graduation information reported by law schools across the country.
Boxer’s letter follows news reports that have highlighted several law schools allegedly using misleading data to enhance a school’s position in the competitive and influential U.S. News and World Report annual rankings. Such inaccurate post-graduation employment and salary data can mislead prospective students into believing they will easily be able to find work as an attorney and pay off their loans despite a sharp decline in post-graduation full-time employment.