Today, we have several updates for you regarding data integrity at Temple University. This update, and all of our information regarding this topic, can be found at Temple’s data integrity website: https://www.temple.edu/about/data-integrity. In the future, this site will be the primary source for updates regarding past reporting and other developments related to data integrity at Fox and the university.
Since the initial discovery and self-reporting of inaccurate data earlier this year, we have received requests from regulators, accreditors and ranking agencies to supply information about data reported by the Fox School of Business and, in some cases, other areas of the university. We continue to make progress in responding to those requests.
U.S. News & World Report
In July, U.S. News & World Report asked that we verify the most recently submitted data for the university overall, and for programs in several schools and colleges at Temple, including the Fox School of Business. We verified the accuracy of submissions for both the 2018 and 2019 Best Colleges rankings and subsequently responded to U.S. News’ inquiry about data specific to the Fox School. The announcement regarding the Fox program data can be found here.
In addition, U.S. News asked Temple to verify data for professional and graduate programs that have most recently submitted survey information, namely the College of Engineering, College of Education, James E. Beasley School of Law and Lewis Katz School of Medicine. That work has been completed and, while errors were found in two of the reports, the errors were few in number and there was no indication of deliberate misreporting. This information has been reported to U.S. News. Additional details can be found in the FAQ and the data integrity site.
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
The Fox School of Business has been accredited by the AACSB since 1934. AACSB contacted Temple July 10 asking for details regarding the misreporting of data and remediation efforts.
We have been providing regular updates to the AACSB, and this week we formally responded to the July 10 letter, noting that the submission of inaccurate rankings data included multiple programs, as was reported July 25. We also updated the AACSB on our remediation and corrective measures.
The AACSB has moved up its re-accreditation review for the Fox School from Spring 2020 to early 2019. Temple will continue to keep the agency up to date on Fox’s compliance with the AACSB’s standards.
Other Ranking and Rating Surveys
We are also in the process of reviewing Fox survey responses to other ranking and rating agencies, including The Princeton Review.
Today we notified The Princeton Review that a review of data submitted to it shows that at least one inaccurate data point reported to U.S. News was also used in reports to The Princeton Review. Please check back with the FAQ and the data integrity site for updated information regarding those reviews.
The university continues to keep the U.S. Department of Education updated on our progress in analyzing past Fox School reports and the procedures that are being put into place to ensure greater data integrity. In addition, the university is working with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office to provide the information that it is seeking.
Moving forward at the Fox School of Business
Interim Dean Ron Anderson, appointed two weeks ago, has committed to transparency and accountability and already has begun taking actions in furtherance of these goals. Dean Anderson has:
- publicly acknowledged the Fox School’s past reporting errors and issued apologies to stakeholders;
- restructured key administrative functions (i.e., enrollment management and marketing, finance and human resources);
- examined and adjusted responsibilities of management personnel;
- appointed a business/finance manager and is preparing to appoint a director of human resources;
- met and will continue to meet with various stakeholders, including students, faculty and staff, to address concerns and answer questions; and
- committed to continuing conversations with faculty and staff to establish a positive culture that focuses on outcomes for Fox students.
In addition, the university and Dean Anderson have committed to working with an external auditing firm to review all Fox rankings submissions and spot-check those of other schools, colleges and applicable units.
We have been impressed with Dean Anderson’s progress in such a short period of time and pledge to him our full support as we all prepare for the start of the academic year.
We want to thank everyone who has been involved in this process. As we have pledged in the past, Temple remains dedicated to being open about our findings in this matter. Once again, we encourage you to use the Temple data integrity website, which will be your primary source for updates.
Richard M. Englert
JoAnne A. Epps
Executive Vice President and Provost