Tuesday, June 19, 2012
According to the New York Post, " Manhattan prosecutors are investigating the grade-inflation and forgery scandal that has rocked the prestigious business school at CUNY’s Baruch College."
"A high-level law-enforcement source confirmed the criminal probe a day after The Post revealed that a former key administrator for Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business allegedly raised MBA students’ grades and even forged their professors’ signatures on grade-change forms. The claim sent shock waves from the school’s Gramercy-area campus to the University of Connecticut, where former Baruch Business Dean John Elliott is set to take over as dean of UConn’s business school in August."
"Former Zicklin administrator Chris Koutsoutis allegedly falsified the grades of about 15 students — including Wall Streeters whose firms paid their tuitions — so they wouldn’t be bounced from the program. The accelerated “executive programs” in business and finance at Baruch allow students to earn a master’s degree in 10 to 22 months while working full-time. The tuition ranges from $45,000 to $75,000, and insiders told The Post the scam was designed to keep the fat tuition checks rolling in."
"Baruch investigated internally, allowed Koutsoutis to quietly retire, and shook up the faculty in the programs affected before turning over evidence to law-enforcement authorities." (emphasis added)
The scandal follows on the heels of an investigation of the University of North Carolina's African American Studies Department, which revealed academic fraud involving more than 50 classes. (story here)