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University is supposed to abide by standards requiring honesty and integrity. But is it in compliance after revealing that its business school lied for years to get higher rankings? U.S. News also seeks more information.

Temple University revealed Monday that its business school lied for years on a range of statistics about its online M.B.A. program. The university gave false information to U.S. News & World Report about standardized testing, student debt, grade point averages of admitted students, student-faculty ratios and more. The dean of the Fox School of Business was ousted amid reports that he encouraged a culture that focused on rankings.

In releasing the details Monday, Temple tried to reassure current and prospective students with an FAQ. Here is one question and one answer: “Does this affect the Fox School’s accreditation? The Fox School remains accredited by AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a distinction held by fewer than 5 percent of the world’s business schools and one that the Fox School has maintained continuously since 1934.”

The statement is correct that AACSB accreditation stands, and it is rare for accreditors to revoke recognition. But AACSB is “actively investigating” Temple’s business school and its compliance with requirements, according to a statement from Stephanie Bryant, AACSB’s executive vice president and chief accreditation officer.

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