Saturday, April 28, 2007

Globe Did Not Fact Check on Disgraced MIT Dean

Never trust the Boston Globe. Look at how many times they went to that shining light in the college admissions world, now disgraced Dean of Admissions at MIT (who fabricated her credentials), Marilee Jones: Just Google Boston Globe and Jones. Granted, MIT and many others were inexcusably gullible. Did it have anything to do with not wanting to question a woman in a high place? But what ever happened to fact checking by reporters? In 2004, the Globe wrote:

Jones, 52, who earned bachelor's and master's degrees in biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, came to MIT in 1978. She thought she would get a lab job, but jumped at the chance to help the admissions office attract more female applicants. When she began, women were 17 or 19 percent of the student population; in this year's freshman class, they make up 45 percent. She became dean in 1998.

Note that this woman with no college degree of her own seems to have played a big role in wildly increasing the number of women students at MIT.