April 26, 2007 / 7:33 PM / 12 years ago

MIT dean resigns after falsifying degrees

BOSTON (Reuters) - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s dean of admissions has resigned after admitting she “misrepresented” her academic credentials on her resume, the prestigious school said on Thursday.

Marilee Jones, a scientist credited with recruiting many women to MIT during her nearly 10 years in the job, had said in that she had she earned degrees from Albany Medical College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Union College.

“MIT was unable to confirm that she has the degrees that she claimed to have,” MIT spokeswoman Patti Richards said.

Jones apologized, acknowledging she made an error many years ago.

“I misrepresented my academic degrees when I first applied to MIT 28 years ago and did not have the courage to correct my resume when I applied for my current job or at any time since,” Jones said in a brief statement. She first worked as an administrative assistant at the school and steadily rose to become dean of admissions.

Over the years, Jones has helped decide the academic future of thousands who applied to study at MIT, one of the most academically challenging and prestigious schools in the United States.

Jones earned a string of honors, including MIT’s highest award for administrators, and often spoke and published about the stress that students and their parents endure trying to build up their resumes while applying to four-year colleges and universities.

MIT said it appointed an interim admissions dean and that its admissions process was not affected by Jones’ resignation.

Jones’ resignation is the latest case of academic fraud to hit prominent U.S. universities. Last year a Harvard undergraduate admitted she copied portions of another author’s book into her own.

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