Quick Takes: College Board Clarifies Status of SAT Errors, New President for NACUBO, GED Numbers Rise, Correction: Tulane Wins Round in Lawsuit

March 23, 2006
  • The College Board issued a statement Wednesday clarifying the status of those students whose SAT scores were recorded incorrectly. Of the 495,000 students who took the SAT in October 2005, a total of 4,411 received higher scores as a result of the review. The statement said that Pearson Educational Measurement, which managed the flawed scanning process of the SAT, had adopted a series of changes to prevent future problems. Tests will now be scanned twice and Booz Allen Hamilton has been engaged to do a review of the scanning process and offer any recommendations needed for improvements.
  • John D. Walda, a lawyer and lobbyist, was named Wednesday as the new president of the National Asssociation of College and University Business Officers. Walda is currently a lawyer with Bose McKinney & Evans and senior vice president for federal relations at BoseTreacy Associates, but he previously was executive director of federal relations and corporate partnerships for Indiana University, and he also has served as president of Indiana University's Board of Trustees and as director of the Indiana University Foundation.
  • The number of students of Americans who took the GED examination rose by 1.3 percent 2003 to 2004, the General Educational Development Testing Service announced Wednesday. The total number of those who passed the exam rose by 4.7 percent, from to 405,724 from 387,470 in 2003. 
  • Contrary to an earlier report on Inside Higher Ed, a federal judge last week turned down a request by students and alumnae of Newcomb College, a women’s institution within Tulane University, to ask Tulane not to make any changes to the institution that can’t be readily undone. Tulane’s president, Scott S. Cowen, proposed eliminating Newcomb as a stand-alone institution as part of the restructuring plan following Hurricane Katrina. At a March 16 meeting, the Tulane Board of Administrators approved the creation of the “Newcomb-Tulane College,” which would allow students to request that their affiliation be documented on their diploma. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit allege that Tulane would violate the contract that established Newcomb College by merging its endowment into another college. But the judge rejected the request for a temporary restraining order,and on March 30, the judge will decide whether to issue a preliminary injunction barring Tulane from making changes to Newcomb.
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