Statement from President Steven Knapp

November 15, 2012

The George Washington University is committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and accuracy. For that reason when we discovered an error in the high school class rank data for our entering freshmen that we had submitted to U.S. News & World Report we disclosed the error both to U.S. News and to the university community. We did so without regard to any possible action that U.S. News might take as a result. It was the decision of U.S. News to remove GW’s numerical ranking from its website until next year rather than to correct this year’s ranking.

Whatever reason U.S. News may have had for taking this step, we remain the same university today that we were yesterday. We measure ourselves by the talents of our students, the passion they bring to their studies and their drive to change the world; by the extraordinary achievements of our alumni; by the excellence of a faculty that bridges the gap between theory and practice; and by the unparalleled opportunities we provide to our students as a university located in the heart of this nation’s capital. And we remain a university that strives for excellence and integrity in everything we do.

Read a question and answer with Senior Vice Provost Forrest Maltzman.