Vistasp Karbhari, president of the University of Texas at Arlington, announced Thursday he would resign with immediate effect.

His resignation follows the publication of an investigation into financial transactions between Karbhari and supplier college, first reported by the Dallas Morning News. The investigation report does not reveal the name of the supplier. However, in response to research, academic associations Karbhari names, company management programs online.

Karbhari had announced in a letter earlier this month that he would leave office at the end of August.

Teik Lim, provost and vice president for academic affairs, is serving as administrator in charge of the university, from March 19.

The report on the investigation into the dealings of Karbhari, conducted by Protiviti, a business management consulting, justified claims that the university was accepting students not qualified in their nursing program through a direct support program called. The program immediately admitted transfer students online before evaluating their academic credentials, despite several concerns raised by admissions officers. suppliers executives "significantly influenced" processes and admission decisions, according to the report.

It also details two international trips Karbhari took with executives from suppliers, says he allowed an associate dean to continue its salaried work with the seller despite conflicts of interest and also says that the university allowed the vendor to reimburse employees for admission of overtime so they could process more requests.

academic cooperation declined to comment.

management companies online programs are paid a percentage of net tuition revenue, according to Larry Ladd, a senior consultant AGB specializing in management, strategy and finance. Therefore, the higher fees often result in more of the change to OPM.

"without ordering the academic quality control, do not outsource admission rules and ensure that the OPM processes are consistent with the core values ​​of the institution," Ladd said.

Karbhari'niega categóricamente'las accusations in a seething letter to Mike Pepper, executive director of audit for the UT system.

"We expected to provide a definitive answer, but the investigation report is so poor due to lack of evidence, collect sufficient data, the use of inaccurate data facts and characterizations wrong, that it is impossible to give any credit and should be rejected outright, "wrote Karbhari.

In a letter to UT System Chancellor James Milliken, peppers wrote that Protiviti Karbhari considered the response and made "some issues and provides further clarification of certain points; However, none of his conclusions have changed. "

Ladd said unvarnished reputation is critical for a university president to be effective, even if they are disputed accusations against them.

"Even if the allegations are not true of the whole, raise doubts about the integrity of the president," Ladd said. "The appearance of integrity is important ... the president is a symbolic leader."

The University of Texas at Arlington, issued the following statement in response to the investigation.

"In response to an anonymous complaint to the auditor of the state, the UT System retained an outside firm to conduct an investigation of business operations internal UT Arlington regarding their education programs online. as a result of the investigation, the UT System requires changes in admission policy UT Arlington. "

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