Temple University announced on December 21 that a class action lawsuit has been settled in regards to misreported data to U.S. News & World Report for FOX’s rankings.
According to a press release, Temple has agreed to pay the Online MBA class $4 million to settle the lawsuit, plus an addition $1.5 million to settle the claims of students enrolled in the Executive MBA, Global MBA, Part-time MBA, and the MS in Human Resource Management, MS in Digital Innovation in Marketing and Online Bachelor of Business Administration programs.
The lawsuit stems from a July investigation into the rankings for the FOX School submitted by Temple University to U.S. News & World Report. Upon the release of the rankings in January of 2018, Temple University had informed U.S. News that the rankings were “misreported.” U.S. News moved Temple to the “Unranked” category following the discovery and the university started an internal investigation.
Following the investigation concluding in July, Temple removed Moshe Porat as Dean of FOX.
In an e-mail to the Temple Community accompanying the new announcement, President Richard Englert reaffirmed his belief in FOX’s status as one of the best schools for business in the country.
“As I have said in the past, I remain firm in my belief that our Online MBA program, and the Fox School as a whole, is one of the best in the nation,” President Englert stated. “It remains an excellent choice for students who want an exceptional education in a vibrant urban environment.