Three University of Southern California students have filed a lawsuit against the school and a publicly traded company for defrauding students by misrepresenting US News and World Report’s Rossier School of Education ranking.
According to a press release, the lawsuit was filed by the National Student Legal Defense Network and Tycko & Zavareei LLP on behalf of the three named students and additional students who were defrauded.
“USC came under intense scrutiny earlier this year after the university released a report detailing how the dean of the Rosier School of Education directed administrators to deliberately withhold information from US News & World Report to improve its rankings.” , – the message says. “USC dropped Rossier from annual evaluations following the report, citing a ‘history of inaccuracies.’
ABOUT 48 THOUSAND ACADEMIC WORKERS OF CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITIES ARE ON STRIKE.
The plaintiffs allege that USC and 2U, Inc. used “doctored” US News rankings that reflect only one individual program to entice students to enroll in the university’s online programs.
The only time USC appeared in a ranking of graduate programs in online education was in 2013, when it ranked 44th, according to the release.
The lawsuit alleges that the dean of the USC Rossier School of Education said its online doctoral degree program would cause the school to “drop like a rock” in the US News rankings. But despite that information, USC and 2U continued to promote individual rankings when promoting online programs through targeted online advertising and other means to get potential students to enroll in an online program.
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2U, a publicly traded online program management company, assumed responsibility for student recruitment, the lawsuit said, and “a significant percentage of tuition was paid.”
University officials would not comment on the matter because they had not received a formal complaint as of Tuesday.
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“It is not difficult to see the main line here. USC intentionally falsified data to inflate their US News ranking and 2U used the false numbers to pad their profits,” said Eric Rothschild, Director of Litigation for Student Advocacy. “The actions of both USC and 2U have affected countless students who believed this data would help them make an informed admissions decision. Instead, they were lured into a manufactured profit-making scheme at the expense of their financial and educational futures.”