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Remember the Fox MBA data fraud.. earlier this year? Well, you can add TCU to the list of schools that have reported incorrect data to the US news magazine. Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business was kicked out the recent US news ranking of full-time MBA programs after US news discovered that the school HUGELY misreported their average GMAT data. TCU (Neleey) originally self reported its average GMAT score for its latest incoming class of full-time MBA to be 678. This was a gross misrepresentation of what the actual (and extremely low) GMAT score of 640.

Yes, 38 freaking points.
It is of common knowledge that average GMAT/ GRE scores play an extremely vital role in U.S. News’ methodology for ranking full-time MBA programs. As of now, 16.25% of the weightage is given to the standardise testing. Anyways, after 17th March release of the 2019 US news ranking, the school notified the U.S. News of the actual figures.To those wondering, Neleey had made a gigantic jump of 17 places - from 71st in 2018 to 54th in 2019, based on this lie and manipulation. Since it was caught misrepresenting its figures, the U.S. News has relegated the school to the unranked category.

Quote from David Allen, associate dean for graduate programs at Neeley-
“When we were inputing the data we put the wrong number in and didn’t catch it until after we saw the ranking. Our ranking had jumped pretty significantly from the previous year so it led us to go back to look more closely at the data. We found it was incorrect and we immediately let them know it was wrong and what the correct number was.”

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Shortly after the release of the publication of the 2019 Best Graduate Schools rankings, Texas Christian University's Neeley School of Business notified U.S. News that it had misreported data that were used to calculate the new business school rankings.

The school significantly overstated the full-time average GMAT score of its fall 2017 entering class. The misreported data resulted in the school's numerical rank being higher than it otherwise might have been in the full-time MBA program rankings.

Because of the discrepancy, U.S. News has moved Texas Christian University to the "Unranked" category in the full-time MBA rankings. Schools in the Unranked category do not receive numerical ranks from U.S. News.

The school's Unranked status will last until the publication of the next edition of the Best Business Schools rankings and until Texas Christian University confirms the accuracy of its next data submission in accordance with U.S. News' requirements.For the benefit of prospective students, U.S. News has updated Texas Christian University's business school profile page on with the correct data.

U.S. News will continue to handle each case of data misreporting on a case-by-case basis.



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Re: TCU Neeley Kicked out of the latest US news Rankings!  [#permalink]

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Thanks for posting. This seems to happen every few years or so and then it also throws in a big question about validity of the rankings. Did someone else mis-represent their self-reported data? Perhaps HBS did too?

Seems odd that applicant stats are verified and background checks are done for students, but not for schools.... this is resonating with some other scandals recently about mis-representing data and rankings.

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You mention they were "caught" lying and manipulating, when in reality, the program noticed the mistake based on their new ranking and reported it to US News. I'm not saying they did or didn't know they were misreporting the scores, as no one can know, but Neeley was the one to point it out and correct it. A bummer they didn't give accurate information to begin with. Hope this doesn't have a negative affect on the program going forward.
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