“The settlement does not constitute an admission of liability”
Students successfully sued over this, and it’s going to cost the school a lot of money.
Inside Higher Ed reports:
Temple Will Pay $5.5M to Settle Suits Over False Rankings Data
Temple University announced Friday afternoon that it has settled class action lawsuits from students who were outraged to learn that the business school’s top ranking for its online program was based on false data.
The university will pay $4 million to those who are or were students in the online M.B.A. program and another $1,475,000 to settle claims of students in other M.B.A. programs and several other master’s programs and one online bachelor’s program in the business school.
“The settlement does not constitute an admission of liability,” said a statement from the university. “While the university believes that it could have ultimately prevailed in the litigation, Temple nonetheless chose settlement in the best interests of the university and its students.”
Temple also agreed, as part of the settlement, to create a $5,000 scholarship “for a student with a demonstrated interest in the study of ethics in business who is enrolled in any of the programs that are part of the settlement.”
U.S. News & World Report periodically announces that various colleges submitted incorrect data for rankings, and when those errors are material, U.S. News revokes the rankings for that year. But in many of these cases, the errors may not have been intentional or resulted in a top ranking.
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