Tulane University's Business School admits U.S. News & World Report received boosted data

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  • Tulane University Spokesman Mike Strecker said Wednesday that, from 2007 to 2011, a former employee of the school submitted false admission tests and applications data for the A.B. Freeman School of Business to U.S. News & World Report in an attempt to boost the school's rankings.
  • The issue came to light in December when the school noticed that data skewed significantly lower than in previous years, and a report conducted by the Jones Day law firm revealed that GMAT scores were boosted by an average of 35 points and applicant data by an average of 116. 
  • The school submitted revised data to the magazine on Tuesday, but it is currently unclear how the incident and Jones Day report might affect the school's rankings.

From the article:

False data on admission tests and applications to Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business were submitted from 2007 through 2011 by an employee no longer at the school, Tulane spokesman Mike Strecker said Wednesday. The bogus numbers were sent to U.S. News & World Report to boost the Freeman School's ranking in the magazine's annual survey of the nation's business schools. Dean Ira Solomon declined to identify the person, indicate the position that individual held or describe whether that person was fired because, Solomon said, it is a confidential personnel matter. ...

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