After Columbia University was unable to verify data that supported its ranking, U.S. News & World Report quietly announced that it had "unranked" Columbia University from its No. 2 spot in the 2022 edition of Best Colleges.
When the US News Post learned of the criticism in March, it reportedly asked Columbia to verify the data it had reported, including the number of full-time and part-time faculty involved in instruction, as well as the total number of faculty members.
Following claims from one of its own mathematics professors that the No. 2 ranking was based on incorrect and misleading data, the university announced it would not take part in the subsequent ranking and instead conduct its own investigation.