Mar 19, 10:37 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury National By Amethyst Tate 03/19/19 AT 10:17 AM Parents who allegedly helped their children get accepted into elite colleges through bribes are not the only ones who may face serious consequences. The University of Southern California (USC) announced on Twitter this week that they are placing the students of the parents who comitted the purported crimes under academic hold pending a review of the college admission scandal."USC has placed holds on the accounts of students who may be associated with the alleged admissions scheme; this prevents the students from registering for classes or acquiring transcripts while their cases are under review," the school's statement reads."These students have been notified that their status is under review. Following the review, we will take the proper action related to their status, up to revoking admission or … [Read more...] about USC May Expel Students Connected To College Admission Scandal
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Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Washington Post Published 6:41 am PDT, Tuesday, March 19, 2019 The scandal around rich people buying college admissions for their underqualified children is disgusting and disheartening for everyone, but especially for those of us who teach in and study at universities. My own University of Southern California is described as the "epicenter" of a crisis involving bribes in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. While it is tempting to say that the scandal involves only nefarious individuals, and that we can address the problem with a fine tuning of the bureaucracy, the problem is actually much deeper. There is an illness in higher education, and its name is corruption. Corruption, in its most effective version, is an open secret - the "old boys' club," the "smoke-filled room," or the "network." We accept that this is the way things are, until a brazenly illegal act of corruption exposes the status quo of legalized corruption. This is what has … [Read more...] about College admissions are corrupt because universities are. Here’s how to fix them.
Patricia Hurtado and Janelle Lawrence, Bloomberg Published 4:35 am PDT, Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Getting your kid into Yale with bribes, fixed SAT scores and fake athletic feats is morally indefensible. But in the courtroom it may be a different story. As the well-heeled parents in the U.S. college admissions scandal negotiate pleas -- or, less likely, fight it out at trial -- lawyers have some strategies in mind. "You're going to have parents saying, 'Look, I was just trying to help my child. My intent was not to break any laws,'" said Diane Ferrone, a criminal defense lawyer in New York. "I think that the prospect of any of them serving any time in jail is highly unlikely." The Justice Department has already sent a signal of leniency by charging almost all the parents with a criminal complaint, which can be filed to start a case, instead of a formal indictment. That's "a billboard-sized shoutout inviting parents to come in, plead guilty and accept responsibility, or be … [Read more...] about Parents who cop to college admissions scam may stay out of jail
Patricia Hurtado, Bloomberg Published 8:07 am PST, Monday, November 12, 2018 Demonstrators against Harvard University's admission process hold signs and American flags while gathering during a protest at Copley Square in Boston on Oct. 14, 2018. Demonstrators against Harvard University's admission process hold signs and American flags while gathering during a protest at Copley Square in Boston on Oct. 14, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Adam Glanzman Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Adam Glanzman Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Demonstrators against Harvard University's admission process hold signs and American flags while gathering during a protest at Copley Square in Boston on Oct. 14, 2018. Demonstrators against Harvard University's admission process hold signs and American flags while gathering during a … [Read more...] about The future of college admissions: experts weigh the Harvard case
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said the government would no longer encourage schools to use race as a factor in the admissions process, rescinding Obama-era guidance meant to promote diversity among students.The shift announced Tuesday gives colleges the federal government's blessing to leave race out of admissions and enrollment decisions and underscores the contentious politics that for decades have surrounded affirmation action policies, which have repeatedly been challenged before the Supreme Court.The Obama administration memos encouraging schools to take race into account were among 24 policy documents revoked by the Justice Department for being "unnecessary, outdated, inconsistent with existing law, or otherwise improper." Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the changes an effort to restore the "rule of law," though civil rights groups decried the move and some universities said they intended to continue their diversity efforts as before.The action comes amid a … [Read more...] about Trump rescinds Obama-era guidance to take race into account in college admissions