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• The Atlantic highlights 9 revealing moments from the Department of Justice’s college-admissions indictment showing the lengths people will take for select universities.
• Is this the reason why highly selective colleges kept their admissions processes secret from the public? What changes will be made to make college admission decision more inclusive?
On Tuesday morning, the Department of Justice accused more than 50 people—parents and college-athletics coaches—of a nationwide scheme to get the children of the wealthy into selective colleges such as the University of Southern California, Georgetown, Yale, Wake Forest, and the University of Texas.
William Singer pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of racketeering conspiracy, money-laundering conspiracy, and obstruction of justice. He was allegedly the fixer behind the scheme, helping parents create fake athletics profiles to give their children a leg up with admissions. Singer is accused of funneling bribe money to coaches at these schools through a fake charity organization he ran that was, ironically, supposed to be helping “underserved kids”—parents received letters after transferring money thanking them for the generosity that would help “provide educational and self-enrichment programs to disadvantaged youth.” The organization also allegedly advised parents on how to get their kids more time on standardized tests such as the ACT and SAT, and arranged for graduate students to take the tests for them
Read the full article on the 9 revealing moments from the college-admissions scandal by Natalie Escobar and Amal Ahmed at The Atlantic