Former Fox School of Business Dean Indicted in Rankings Scandal

The former Dean of the Fox School of Business, Moshe Porat, has been charged with falsifying data to boost the school’s rankings, draw more students and vastly increase the school’s revenue.

The federal indictment unsealed Friday charges Porat, 74, with conspiracy and wire fraud for allegedly submitting phony information about its graduate business programs to U.S. News & World Report.

The information about student test score and other data helped the School of Business claim the top-ranked spot on the magazine’s influential list of online MBA programs for several years and quadruple its enrollment.

The indictment follows both a state investigation by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, which led to a settlement with Temple, and an ongoing $25 million defamation lawsuit Porat filed against Temple and its president over his 2018 ouster.

Defense lawyer Michael A. Schwartz said Porat “vigorously denies” the charges and has been cooperating with federal investigators.

“Dr. Porat dedicated forty years of his life to serving Temple University, first as a faculty member, and ultimately as dean of the Fox Business School, and he did so with distinction. He looks forward to defending himself against these charges and to clearing his name,” Schwartz said in a statement.

According to the indictment, Porat ordered his staff to send inaccurate information about the program after learning that U.S. News & World Report lacked the resources to audit any of the data submitted by the schools. Two of them have also been charged in the case.

Porat served as dean for more than 20 years, eventually earning more than $600,000. He continues to receive more than $300,000 as a tenured professor, although he has not taught since 2018, the indictment said.

The AP’s Maryclaire Dale contributed to this article.

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