University of Illinois law school dean blamed for grade inflation

An assistant dean at the University of Illinois College of Law inflated grades and entrance exam scores for several years for incoming students in data that was posted online, according to a report released Monday by the university, the Associated Press reports. University officials say Paul Pless was placed on administrative leave and has since resigned. They say an outside law firm and a forensic data analysis company was hired in September after complaints and the discovery that data posted for the class of 2014 was inaccurate.

“The investigation has concluded that a single individual, no longer employed by the college, was responsible for these inaccuracies,” law school Dean Bruce Smith said in a statement…

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