Claremont McKenna Student Magazine Breaks Stories About College’s SAT Manipulation Scandal

The Claremont Port Side, a student newsmagazine at California’s Claremont McKenna College, has earned national attention and New York Times shout-outs this past week for its spirited coverage of an SAT score-fixing scandal.  On Monday, Claremont McKenna’s president informed students that an administrator had been regularly inflating student SAT scores presumably to help the school’s placement in numerous national higher ed. rankings.

The Port Side has been credited with breaking several stories related to the scandal, including a compare-contrast breakdown of the original and altered scores and a report based on an interview with the college president (after she turned down outside outlets including the New York Times).

With a hat tip to Campus Progress Journalism Network Associate Brian Stewart, I got in touch with Port Side editor-in-chief Alyssa Roberts and senior reporter Jeremy B. Merrill to learn more about the situation, the magazine’s role in covering it, and their advice for student media faced with similar scandals.

Interview: Alyssa Roberts, Port Side Editor-in-Chief

Interview: Jeremy B. Merrill, Port Side Senior Reporter

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3 Responses to “Claremont McKenna Student Magazine Breaks Stories About College’s SAT Manipulation Scandal”
  1. Charlie Bird says:

    Shame on President Gann, she needs to stop down.

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