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Flagler College score boosting scandal

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Updated: 2/18 7:54 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Flagler College President Dr. Will Abare said students don't need to worry after the discovery of boosted test scores and GPAs for the current freshman class.

"There is no effect on the students because they were already admitted," said Abare.

Abare said when he confronted Vice President of Enrollment Marc Williar with evidence, Williar admitted he wasn't happy with the incoming classes' scores and made changes to make his alma mater look better.

"Rather than accept the fact one year and try to go out the next year and improve the profile and standing of our students, he just decided that he would go ahead and make changes to scores," said Abare.

Abare saID Williar claims the score changes shouldn't go back more than three years, then resigned on the spot. Now the accrediting body, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is demanding answers from Flagler.

Dr. Belle Wheelan, the SACS Commission on Colleges President says she's looking for specific statements.

"That they had a policy in place to address what should have been reported, what they will do in the future to make sure the right information is reported," said Wheelen.

Flagler administrators say they plan to get more offices and people involved moving forward.

"We'll develop a set of procedures to ensure that more than one pair of eyes are looking at the data," said Abare.

The administration met Tuesday afternoon to begin implementing checks and balances. Abare also addressed students Tuesday evening to reinforce the score boosting incident will not affect any student's academic career.

Wheelan said Flagler will most likely not lose its accreditation and that the score boosting incident would be a first offense if anything.
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