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Rutgers Seeks to Dismiss Lawsuit Claiming Business School Created Fake Jobs for Grads to Boost Ranking

Rutgers Seeks to Dismiss Lawsuit Claiming Business School Created Fake Jobs for Grads to Boost Ranking

“The purported scheme duped prospective students about the potential employment opportunities that come with attending the school”

If this is true, Rutgers could be in some serious hot water.

Law360 reports, via the TaxProfBlog:

Rutgers Seeks Dismissal Of Lawsuit Claiming Business School Created Fake Jobs For Graduates To Goose Ranking

Rutgers University called on a New Jersey federal court Monday to toss a proposed class action alleging it boosted its business school’s rankings by publications through misrepresenting postgraduate employment statistics, arguing that the suing student cannot pursue claims based on data about a program he does not attend.

The amended complaint alleged that Rutgers inflated the school’s rankings in publications such as U.S. News & World Report by hiring graduating MBA students who were unemployed and placing them in “token permanent positions directly with the university.” The purported scheme duped prospective students about the potential employment opportunities that come with attending the school, according to the complaint.

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Kind of a university post graduate unemployment service.

Get them used to being on the dole…

Many schools hire their grads for simple jobs. I will say that it’s usually the undergrads, not advanced degree holders, that get the really simple jobs.

I don’t think this could win if the jobs actually do exist and pay wages, but it is moot because Rutgers will settle if it survives the motion to avoid the bad PR and the discovery potentials.

    Nuestro in reply to healthguyfsu. | August 19, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    Creating positions with the intention of making your post graduation employment numbers look better is deceptive. Using those numbers to entice applicants is actionable. This suite will probably be tossed because the plaintive appears to lack standing but someone else will show up and this will start all over.

Looking back again Rutgers has a good argument for dismissal considering the student suing doesn’t even have an MBA or has ever taken classes to pursue one.

This sounds like what DeVry and several other schools did.

I am told just today that the fedguv has told affected students not only that they should discontinue paying their student loans, but that ultimately all the student loan money they have already repaid will be refunded to them.