The University of Southern California submitted data to US News and World Report on his doctorate. students enrolled in education programs from 2013 to 2021 but have not submitted information about their Ed.D. students, despite the precise instructions of American News to do so from 2018 and informally before that date.
As a result, USC earned higher ratings than it otherwise would have, including an 11th-place finish last year.
A report on the issues, prepared by law firm Jones Day, was released on Friday.
Jones Day places most of the blame for the fake data on Karen Symms Gallagher, who served as the school’s dean of education from 2000 to 2020 and is currently a faculty member at the school. Her name does not appear in the report, but she was a dean at the time the report questions the behavior of the school dean. Gallagher did not respond to a request for comment, but the report quotes the dean as saying the ranking should be based on doctorates, not Ed.Ds.
“From at least 2013 to 2021, although the school submitted doctoral data only in response to survey selectivity questions (such as acceptance rates, average GPAs, and class GRE scores of incoming doctorate), the school submitted some Ed .RÉ. data in response to other questions about its doctoral programs (such as enrollment and degrees earned),” the report states.
“The School’s Newest Former Dean (“Dean 1”) [Gallagher] headed the omission of Ed.D. data from the school’s doctoral selectivity responses at least since 2013 through 2020,” the report states. “Dean 1 understood that excluding the Ed.D. data resulted in a higher ranking for the school than if the data had been included.
Gallagher received USC’s highest honor, the Presidential Medallion, in 2020, for “those who have brought honor and distinction to the institution.” The USC press release specifically cites how “the school has achieved and maintained its position” in the American News classification under his direction.
Angel Horacek, an attorney representing Gallagher, told the Los Angeles Times that during Gallagher’s years as dean, the school focused on training educators. And the students who came to USC went out into the community to do good. He did not respond to specific questions about what she did in terms of rankings.
The current Dean of the School of Education, Pedro A. Noguera, continued the Ed.D. information in 2021, “after being informed that the school historically did not include Ed.D. data, even though the investigation required their inclusion.
However, a PowerPoint presentation that Noguera received from staff members included a reference to the “Temple lawsuit,” in which Moshe Porat, former dean of Fox Business School at Temple University, was found guilty of wire fraud for submitting false data to US News and World Report for rankings.
USC Provost Charles F. Zukoski is credited with reporting the situation. Noguera told him about the practice in December, as the university was submitting material for use in the 2022 grading. The provost “asked Dean 2 to flag Ed.D. data accurately throughout the survey. The provost also ordered the university to contact American News and remove from this year’s ranking.
At USC, while the provost only learned that Ed.Ds were excluded from data submitted in December, “the school’s practice of omitting Ed.D. the data from the selectivity measurements were no secret. For example, in 2012, Dean 1 briefed the university’s vice president of admissions and planning…about the practice. Dean 1 also discussed this issue with the school leadership, including in at least one executive council meeting in 2018, which was then reported to the school’s faculty council,” the report states. . “Other faculty and staff were aware of the School of Ed.D.’s omission of data as well, including two senior faculty members…Not all of these people approved of the practice, and some didn’t understand or appreciate it American NewsThe investigation required the inclusion of Ed.D. The data.”
And the report noted “the existence of irregularities in the school’s calculation and reporting of research expenditures” and “identified other potential data misreporting issues, such as issues related to the exclusion of Ed.D online. programs, the designation of Ed.D. part-time students, certain faculty-related metrics, and school reports on teacher placement and retention statistics. The report states that “based on American Newsthe school’s ranking methodology, some of these measures may have affected the American News classification and warrant further examination.
American News did not respond to a request for comment.
Noguera sent a note at the School of Education on Friday, in which he said, “I want to be clear that I accept full responsibility for the continued practice of reporting inaccurate data to the USNWR over the course of my first year as dean. Regardless of the circumstances of the pandemic and my personal circumstances at the time, it was and remains my responsibility as Dean to ensure that high academic standards and quality are maintained.
He added: “I don’t want to minimize the fact that the misreporting of data to the US News and World Report tarnished our reputation. However, I want to assure you that we will recover through excellence in teaching, research and service. The reality is that a ranking is not what makes USC Rossier strong. It’s all of you.