“This case was certainly unusual, but at its foundation it is just a case of fraud and underlying greed,” 她补充说.
Attorneys for Porat did not respond to a request for comment.
The trial comes just a couple years after prosecutors arrested dozens of 父母, college coaches and administrators in the sprawling college admissions scam
被称为 “Operation Varsity Blues.
此外, the case highlights the enduring power of the US News and World Report college rankings, which attempt to turn the complex experience of higher education into hard and fast rankings. 这些年来, these rankings have taken on a major role in how people decide where to apply, and the schools themselves have adjusted accordingly.
The Best Colleges rankings have long been criticized by higher education experts
. Stephen Joel Trachtenberg
, former president of George Washington University
, has called them a “racket” 并表示 schools feel pressure to game the rankings
“Just as athletes use steroids and gambling happens at Rick’s, colleges and universities succumb to their own set of pressures, including the desire to be on top in the rankings,” 他在 2012 opinion piece for CNN.
在 2019, 例如, the US News
& World Report said the University of Oklahoma gave “inflated” 数据 on its alumni giving rates for two decades
, boosting its placement in several of their rankings
. The university said it discovered the
“misreporting of donations
” 在 2018 and provided the updated information to US News immediately afterward
How the scheme worked
The scheme devised by Porat, Gottlieb and O’Neill was, for a time, remarkably successful.
Using the juiced numbers, US News ranked Fox’s OMBA program as the best in the country from 2015 至 2018, and Fox’s PMBA program rose in the US News rankings from 53rd in 2014 up to 7th in 2017. Porat used these rankings in the school’s marketing materials, and enrollment in the programs increased significantly, the indictment states.
And then it all came crashing down
. 在一月 8, 2018, 的 website Poets & Quants published an article about the MBA rankings that noted suspiciously that Fox claimed all of its OMBA students had taken the GMAT
. Fox administrators and officials saw the article and
, in a meeting with Porat and others
, became concerned because they knew that data was inaccurate
, the indictment states
Despite that meeting, Porat gave a champagne toast touting the school’s latest No. 1 ranking, and a few hours later sent out a marketing email boasting of the latest top ranking, the indictment states.
两个星期后, US News announced it would remove Fox Business School from its OMBA rankings due to the data issue
. Temple hired the outside law firm Jones Day to investigate the incident
, and Porat
, Gottlieb and O’Neill gave
“false or misleading
” statements to the investigators
, the indictment states
The Jones Day review found that Fox had misreported data for its OMBA program since at least
2014, sometimes intentionally
, and had similar misreporting in a number of other graduate programs
. 在 2019, Temple and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General agreed to a settlement creating
$ 250,000 in new scholarships for students
在其网站上, Temple University has set up a dedicated FAQ section explaining the scandal and how the school has responded
. University spokesman Stephen Orbanek also issued a statement on the guilty verdict
“We respect the justice system and the jury’s decision in this matter. The evidence presented at the trial speaks for itself but is not representative of Temple or the overwhelming majority of the thousands of educational professionals serving our students,” Orbanek said. “This is an unhappy moment for our students and alumni, but our focus remains on delivering the best possible outcomes for our students.”