College Admissions Scandal

March/13/2019 11:21AM
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Is it a surprise? Wealthy people buying their kids admissions into elite colleges. How did you think Harvard amassed a $30 billion endowment fund? What does a college do with that much money?

The man caught in this scandal purportedly did this for 750 parents. Do you seriously believe he is the only one doing this? Do you truly believe that all the sons and daughters of graduates of these elite schools were qualified to enroll there?

This is the tip of the iceberg. This will reach into elites in all areas. Hollywood, media, and politics. How many elites in DC are ivy league graduates? How many of their spawn followed them to these same schools? Did any campaign money or even Federal money get involved in paving the way for this type of scandal?

When I was at Harvard Business School a classmate bailed because in his words, ” I don’t belong here”. A professor was gong after him relentlessly and he choked. He was from Sao Paulo and said his dad had factories there and they dummied up his credentials and got him in. HBS had what is called can groups. Those of us in his can group were called in to the honchos and asked to put a lid on this.

If the government spent $30 million investigating this instead of the Mueller investigation that goes no where a lot of high-level people all over this country would be losing sleep. Most elite colleges and universities would be looking at big fines and radical criticism.

Explain how David Hogg gets into Harvard with a 1270 SAT score. Who’s place did he take? It’s not a fair system gaining admission into elite schools. Money talks. Elizabeth Warren who rails about the unfairness of the wealthy know this unfairness better than most. She knew posing as a Native American got her there. But, she has no interest whatsoever in fixing this system since she is a part of it. And, without fail these institutions are all liberal bastions.


Details: The alleged crimes uncovered by Operation Varsity Blues, as the FBI dubbed it, “included cheating on entrance exams, as well as bribing college officials to say certain students were coming to compete on athletic teams when those students were not in fact athletes,” the Washington Post reported.

“Numerous schools were targeted, including Georgetown University, Yale University, Stanford University, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California and UCLA.”

  • College coaches were in on it at some of these schools, taking huge kickbacks to pass off students as recruits, the indictments alleged.

Axios Sports editor Kendall Baker notes: On the heels of the college basketball recruiting scandal, in which college coaches paid bribes to the parents of top high school athletes, we now have the rich parents of mediocre (at best) high school athletes paying off college coaches.

  • The indictments also allege parents actively hid their actions from their children, some of whom were reportedly unaware their admissions were unearned.
  • The scheme was allegedly coordinated by college admissions adviser William Singer, who used a nonprofit as a “slush fund” for bribes as the WashPost characterized it.

Why it matters: This was the “largest college admittance scam ever charged by the Department of Justice,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said today.

  • “Thirty-three parents were charged … prosecutors said there could be additional indictments to come,” the N.Y. Times reported.
  • “The parents included the television star Lori Loughlin and her husband, the fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli; the actress Felicity Huffman; and William E. McGlashan Jr., a partner at the private equity firm TPG.”
  • “We’re not talking about donating a building … we’re talking about fraud,” Lelling said.

The bottom line: These weren’t victimless actions. It’s likely that teens whose parents weren’t allegedly paying millions to cheat the system were denied spots at these schools.

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