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College admissions scandal gets worse

Brendan Pringle of the Washington Examiner highlights recent developments in the ongoing college admissions bribery scandal.

Just two months after the FBI exposed officials at the University of Southern California, Yale University, and other prestigious colleges and universities for accepting bribes from wealthy parents for admissions, a new report suggests the scandal might not be over.

For years, our nation’s top colleges have allowed donors to endow coaching positions, funding the salary of the coach or other costs for perpetuity in their various athletic programs to the tune of $2 million at Yale University and up to $10 million at Purdue University, for example. This fundraising opportunity has been so successful that at Yale endowments fund the head coaching or director positions for 24 out of 33 of its athletics teams.

This questionable fundraising strategy could be paving the way to more admissions corruption. The Boston Globe reported Sunday that in at least six different cases at Yale University, the children of those who had endowed coaching positions or programs were accepted into the Ivy League school soon after, and even played on the teams.

The Globe outlines several suspicious examples of the potential bribery. …

… Kevin Fudge, director of advocacy at American Student Assistance, a Boston-based nonprofit organization that helps students with college financing and careers, suggested to the Globe that any reasonable person could see this as “quid pro quo.”

“We shouldn’t normalize this, and we should further expose how the business of higher education is run,” he added.

Since admissions data is confidential, the Globe was unable to see how the students compared against other applicants. However, the fact that so many children of athletics donors were accepted seems like more than a simple coincidence.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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