False data on admission tests and applications to Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business were submitted from 2007 through 2011 by an employee no longer at the school, Tulane spokesman Mike Strecker said Wednesday. The bogus numbers were sent to U.S. News & World Report to boost the Freeman School's ranking in the magazine's annual survey of the nation's business schools.
Dean Ira Solomon declined to identify the person, indicate the position that individual held or describe whether that person was fired because, Solomon said, it is a confidential personnel matter.
According to a report conducted for the business school by the Jones Day law firm, average scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test were boosted by an average of 35 points, and the number of completed applications was increased by an average of 116.
"This is not an issue about rankings but about reputation," Solomon said in a statement. "It is about the integrity of the business school and those who work in it."