Vistasp Karbhari, president of the University of Texas at Arlington, announced Thursday that he would resign from his role, effective immediately.
His resignation follows the release of an investigation into financial dealings between Karbhari and a university vendor, first reported by the Dallas Morning News. The report about the investigation does not disclose the name of the vendor. But in a response to the investigation, Karbhari names Academic Partnerships, an online program management company.
The report on the investigation into Karbhari’s dealings, conducted by Protiviti, a management consulting company, substantiated claims that the university was accepting unqualified students into its nursing program through a program called Direct Admit. That program immediately admitted online transfer students before evaluating their academic credentials, despite several concerns raised by admissions officers. Vendor executives “significantly influenced” admissions processes and decisions, the report states.