- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An audit has found that test results were repeatedly altered for an adult basic education program at Oklahoma City Community College.

The audit conducted by Oklahoma City accounting firm Crawford & Associates found six of the students who were selected for review had alterations on their scan sheets, including erased and replaced names. The audit also said 17 other student records had “conflicting data entry errors” and that “student files were not being consistently maintained.”

An investigation was launched in 2016 after a college employee told campus authorities that a supervisor was allegedly altering test scores and enrollment information “to gain money for state and federal grants,” The Oklahoman newspaper reported.

Tina Arzate, former coordinator of the Adult Learning Center, and Gloria Torres, former director of Community Outreach and Education, were suspended with pay during the investigation after a judge authorized the seizure of seven computers from the college. They resigned in November.

In November, Mark Hammons, an attorney for Torres, said she resigned to “pursue other opportunities” and wouldn’t be implicated of any wrongdoing.

Arzate was accused of a computer crime as a result of the investigation, but prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against her at the request of the college.

College spokesman Cordell Jordan said the school’s officials “supported the decision of the district attorney not to file criminal charges.” He confirmed the audit’s findings but said the altered materials didn’t “result in additional funding for the (adult basic education) program.”

Jordan said the college has implemented procedures to prevent this type of issue.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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