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UMKC business professor resigns amid ranking scandal

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A University of Missouri-Kansas City professor has resigned after an audit found that he told a subordinate to submit inflated data in applying for rankings for the business school.

Michael Song said Friday that in a written statement that he was leaving to allow the school to focus on "training the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators." UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton thanked Song for putting students first.

Earlier this month, the Princeton Review announced it was pulling the school's 2014 through 2011 top 25 rankings for graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship programs.

The move came just days after the release of an audit that Gov. Jay Nixon had requested. Questions arose after an article last year in The Kansas City Star called into question the school's pursuit of higher rankings.

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