Colleges Contribute to Overreporting of Jobs Saved by Stimulus

November 4, 2009

Colleges and universities were among the entities that allegedly miscalculated how many jobs had been saved on their campuses through the use of federal stimulus funds, leading to overcounting of the national numbers, The Wall Street Journal reported. The White House said in recent days that funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act had saved a total of 640,000 jobs so far, including 325,000 in education. But the Journal finds that some organizations misunderstood the forms or exaggerated the number of jobs that had been saved. Stetson University, for example, counted every part-time student who received work study funds, greatly boosting its count, the Journal said.

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