Posted February 2, 2018

FAQ: Fox School of Business MBA rankings

What happened?
The Fox School of Business self-reported it had found inaccurate data it had submitted to U.S. News & World Report for its rankings of the 2018 Best Online MBA Programs. As a result, U.S. News removed the Fox Online MBA program’s No. 1 national ranking and moved the program to its “unranked” category for 2018. In light of the recently discovered issue with data for the Online MBA program, and out of respect for the U.S. News rankings, Fox Dean M. Moshe Porat has withdrawn the Part-Time and Full-Time Global MBA programs from consideration as well in U.S. News’ upcoming Best Graduate Programs rankings.
What is the next step?
Temple University President Richard M. Englert announced an independent review of the data reporting processes the Fox School of Business uses for U.S. News’ annual rankings. The independent firm, Jones Day, a global law firm with substantial experience in such reviews in higher education, has already begun its work. The work should take about 60 days.
What other details about the review are available?
Dean Porat has pledged Fox’s full support of the independent review process. He and President Englert are confident in the strengths of all Fox MBA programs and the incredible quality of the Fox students and faculty.
Does this incident penalize the Fox School moving forward?
The three Fox MBA programs will remain unranked for 2018. However, every effort will be made to ensure that the Fox Online, Part-Time and Global MBA programs are eligible for inclusion in the U.S. News 2019 Best Online Programs and Best Graduate Programs rankings.
Does this change the quality of a Fox education?
No. This is very important: The Fox MBA programs have not changed. The school’s focus remains on the delivery of high-impact and high-quality programs and student services. In no way is this a reflection of the school’s accredited academic work, its award-winning faculty, its highly accomplished students or its world-class programs.
Said Porat: “Rankings are a byproduct of quality, and our focus will remain where it always has—on delivering high-quality programs and service to our students.”
And as President Englert said, “Over its 100-year history, the Fox School has earned its reputation as a world-class business school with graduates who thrive in their careers and who give back to their communities.”
Will this alter the Fox MBA program tuition rates?
No. The programs remain among the nation’s best values in graduate business education.
How have employers reacted?
The Fox School has developed strong ties to industry partners in the last quarter century, as a result of Dean Porat’s commitment to developing industry-ready students and the creation of the school’s Center for Student Professional Development. The Fox School’s curriculum is market-driven and requires continuous engagement with employers worldwide in order to map curriculum to real-world skills and industry needs. The school will continue to honor this commitment to the market.
Does this affect the Fox School’s accreditation?
No. The Fox School remains accredited by AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a distinction that is held by fewer than 5 percent of the world’s business schools and one that the Fox School has maintained continuously since 1934.