Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Professor at Center of Rankings Scandal in Missouri Resigns

The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 17th, 2015

The professor at the heart of a rankings scandal at the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management has resigned, The Kansas City Star reported. The controversy centers on an innovation-management program that the professor, Michael Song, founded in 2005 and led until last year.
In 2012 a journal article ranked the university as the top institution in the world in the field of innovation management, and Mr. Song as the field’s top researcher. But an investigation by the Star last year raised questions about how the rankings had been obtained, and suggested that Mr. Song had been inappropriately involved in preparing the journal article. The newspaper also questioned whether he had played a role in the submission of misleading data about the Bloch School to Princeton Review, a college-preparation company that ranks universities and programs.

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