SA senators call for administrators to discuss unranking

Student Association Senator Hugo Scheckter, U-at-Large, has called on top University officials to meet with students after U.S. News & World Report knocked GW off its national rankings. File Photo by Sam Klein | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Correction appended

Student Association senators are calling for top administrators to meet with students in an emergency forum and explain what steps GW will take after being kicked off U.S. News and World Report’s top colleges rankings.

Executive Vice President Abby Bergren announced the Senate will hold an emergency meeting Monday. Sen. Hugo Scheckter, U-At-Large, called for the meeting to gather top officials, including University President Steven Knapp and Provost Steven Lerman.

Scheckter said the administration has not been transparent and the SA should hold the administration accountable.

“The University should be as open and clear as possible. It not only affects us, it affects future alums and future students. We’re trying to open up the canals of communication,” Scheckter said. “We pay a lot of money to come here and now we’re equally ranked with the University of Phoenix. It’s just not acceptable. It’s embarrassing for everyone who’s here.”

Vice Chair of the Senate Finance Committee Ryan Counihan said he was blown away after hearing that GW was booted off the rankings.

“It just raises a lot of question about the values of our degrees,” Counihan said. “We were admitted to GW based on the fact that it was a top 50 or close to it school.”

This post was updated Nov. 14, 2012 to reflect the following:

Due to an editing error, The Hatchet incorrectly spelled Hugo Scheckter’s name twice in this blog. We regret this error.

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