U.S. News Responds to University of Southern California on Misreporting

U.S. News & World Report has recently been informed by the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education that “for several years, USC Rossier had been inaccurately reporting data on research and student enrollment to USNWR.”

U.S. News is reviewing the various disclosures made by the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education with respect to this misreporting, which are included in the recently published investigative report by the law firm Jones Day.

The Jones Day report said, “From at least 2013 to 2021, the School misreported data to US News about the selectivity of its doctoral programs.” In addition the report said, “While this investigation focused on the School’s reporting of doctoral selectivity metrics, Jones Day confirmed during the course of the investigation the existence of irregularities in the School’s calculation and reporting of research expenditures, and identified other potential data misreporting issues, such as issues relating to the exclusion of online EdD programs, the designation of EdD students as part-time, certain faculty-related metrics, and the School’s reporting of teacher job placement and retention statistics.”

In light of these findings, U.S. News will require the Rossier School of Education’s dean or top academic, the University of Southern California’s president and the Chair of USC’s Board of Trustees to provide a letter certifying the accuracy of the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education’s data submissions to U.S. News for the next three ranking cycles in order to be included in the rankings.

The University of Southern California Rossier School of Education is listed as unranked in the 2023 U.S. News Best Graduate Schools rankings since it withdrew its data prior to the rankings being published in March 2022.

The U.S. News Education rankings strive to provide readers with accurate data that assist consumers as they evaluate their education options. As a result, U.S. News takes misreporting very seriously. U.S. News will continue to handle each case of data misreporting on an individual basis.

Click here to read the letter U.S. News sent to University of Southern California.

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