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Iona in the News: 2011

  • Iona College Finalizes Report on Irregularities in Student Performance Data

    11/8/2011

    Iona College recently completed an internal investigation by outside legal counsel, with assistance from an independent auditing firm, into irregularities in student performance data reported to external agencies.

    New Rochelle, NY – November 8, 2011 —Iona College recently completed an internal investigation by outside legal counsel, with assistance from an independent auditing firm, into irregularities in student performance data reported to external agencies. The audit confirmed that inaccurate data—related to incoming freshman acceptance rates, SAT scores, graduation rates, and alumni who give annually—was reported to external agencies. Reported SAT scores for incoming freshmen were overstated on average 6.5% over actual scores. The irregularities were first revealed in an announcement by the College on August 30, 2011.

    The College administration and board of trustees have adopted a position of full transparency regarding this matter. The College has self-reported to all external agencies that received the data, established the Integrity in Reporting Committee to provide status reports and updates on the investigation, and developed institutional policies and guidelines on appropriate collection, reporting, and use of data to ensure that discrepancies cannot occur again. In the August 30 statement, the College announced it had suspended the Provost, who was responsible for ensuring that the data and reports to external agencies were accurate. The Provost has since resigned from his position, and the College has concluded all related human resource actions.

    In addition, the administration also has committed to establishing a formal Office of Institutional Research, renewing the College Code of Conduct with the involvement and commitment of faculty, staff and students, augmenting whistle blower policies, and conducting annual audits of student performance data.

    Student life and the quality of education at the College have not and will not be affected in any way. Iona College remains committed to integrity and academic excellence as a Catholic institute of higher education, and to the growth, development and success of its students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

    Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs.

    For questions or more information please contact:
    Dawn Insanalli
    Public Relations Office
    Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801
    Office: (914) 637-2726
    Fax: (914) 637-2711
    dinsanalli@iona.edu


  • Iona College Reports Inaccuracies in Performance Data

    8/30/2011

    Iona College recently became aware of inaccuracies in student performance data reported to external agencies.

    New Rochelle, NY – August 30, 2011 — Iona College recently became aware of inaccuracies in student performance data reported to external agencies.  Upon learning of these inaccuracies, the college launched a comprehensive internal investigation by outside legal counsel and commissioned an audit by an independent, third-party accounting firm to determine the nature and scope of the reporting irregularities. The college also has suspended the Provost, who is responsible for ensuring that the investigated data and reports to external agencies are true and accurate.

    Once the audit is complete, all results will be shared with the faculty, staff, and students. The Board of Legal Trustees and the administration have stated their commitment to take all steps necessary to uphold the mission and integrity of Iona College, and to serve the interests of students and the Iona community of faculty, staff, alumni and supporters.

     

    For questions or more information please contact:
    Pat McGinley, SSJ
    Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10801
    Office: (914) 637-2201
    PMcginley@iona.edu