Feds uncover large scale college entrance exam cheating plot

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Isabelle Henriquez solved the problem of getting accepted into Georgetown University by knowingly cheating on her SATs—and participating in a $25 million cash-for-college scheme that could send her parents to prison.

She’s the daughter of Manuel and Elizabeth Henriquez, two of the 50 people charged in a $25 million cash-for-college scheme wherein wealthy parents allegedly plotted with an unscrupulous college preparatory business to buy spots at top-flight universities.


Ivanka spent her first two college years at Georgetown University (her brother Eric's alma mater).

Massive college-admissions scandal is drawing renewed attention to Jared Kushner's and President Donald Trump's academic histories

Kushner was admitted to Harvard University after his father, Charles, pledged a $2.5 million donation to the school.


DonaldTrump transferred to the prestigious Wharton. The transfer was also largely because of Trumps interview with an admissions officer who was friends with Donald's brother Freddy Trump.
The massive college-admissions scandal is drawing renewed attention to Jared Kushner's and President Donald Trump's academic histories

The Trumps certainly fit the profile.
 
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Isabelle Henriquez solved the problem of getting accepted into Georgetown University by knowingly cheating on her SATs—and participating in a $25 million cash-for-college scheme that could send her parents to prison.

She’s the daughter of Manuel and Elizabeth Henriquez, two of the 50 people charged in a $25 million cash-for-college scheme wherein wealthy parents allegedly plotted with an unscrupulous college preparatory business to buy spots at top-flight universities.


Ivanka spent her first two college years at Georgetown University (her brother Eric's alma mater).

Massive college-admissions scandal is drawing renewed attention to Jared Kushner's and President Donald Trump's academic histories

Kushner was admitted to Harvard University after his father, Charles, pledged a $2.5 million donation to the school.


DonaldTrump transferred to the prestigious Wharton. The transfer was also largely because of Trumps interview with an admissions officer who was friends with Donald's brother Freddy Trump.

The massive college-admissions scandal is drawing renewed attention to Jared Kushner's and President Donald Trump's academic histories

The Trumps certainly fit the profile.
This desperate radical partisanship is really shameful. Pull your head out of your ass.
 
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How would people feel if all of these schools involved lost accreditation?
I don't know, as vengeful as this story makes me feel, I think a lot of pretty innocent students and educators would suffer unfairly from that severe of a reaction.

But I think higher education deserves some harsh scrutiny and reform though. A lot of higher education's absurd cost increases are due to wasteful explosion of non-teaching administrative positions. That should be systematically discouraged by leveraging state and federal funding sources.

Preferential admission to children of rich alumni and generous donors to the university should maybe be illegal, or at least publicly shamed and ridiculed.

Employers should stop favoring graduates from private, expensive universities.

People and society should stop holding schools that operate this way in such high regard and stop turning a blind eye to these unethical practices they've been engaging in for decades. Ivy League schools are held in the absolute highest esteem, and maybe they don't deserve it. They're a rich people's club. They let in a few rags-to-riches kids from some inner cities and prop them up as an allegation they care about equality and social justice, but they don't. They're hypocrites and they deserve this controversy and ridicule when things like this are revealed about them. We need to recognize that there are skills and personal attributes that do not at all require an ultra-high-priced education bought with bribes and insider networking. That shit should be pretty ruthlessly shamed across all of society. It's time for some of these university ivory tower elitists to answer for their decades of hypocritical malfeasance.
 
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After I was admitted to Harvard Law School, I attended orientation. Our 500-strong class was gathered in Memorial Hall, in historic Sanders Theater, where then-Dean Elena Kagan (now Supreme Court Justice) spoke to us. She informed us that the competition was over – we were in! No need to worry about the stuff we’d seen in The Paper Chase – we were all going to leave with degrees and jobs. Not just that – as graduates of Harvard Law, we were destined to rule the universe. She informed us of how many alumni were in the Senate, how many in Congress, how many on the Supreme Court. The battle was over upon our acceptance to the institution.

All of this has significant social ramifications, of course. It means that our meritocracy doesn’t begin in college – it ends, for many, upon admission to college. And that, in turn, means that the failures of our lower education system loom larger. It also means that in the absence of functional non-collegiate social institutions, the social gap between college-goers and non-college-goers will grow.

This also has significant political ramifications. It means that students admitted to colleges expect to be pampered, not challenged. Professor Harvey Mansfield of Harvard University was essentially forced by the administration not to give honest grades – he started giving two grades, one for merit, and then one for the administration, so as not to penalize people for taking his classes. Politically, this also means that students expect not to be challenged – they expect to be comfortable. Professors who challenge their politics, for example, may threaten their “college experience” – which may, in turn, threaten their social capital. Professors who make students feel uncomfortable may be threatening the ease they were promised. Discomfort becomes a bug, not a feature, of higher education. Pampering becomes the rule.

That’s why rich and famous people would spend oodles of money just to get their kids into top universities: not because their kids won’t have jobs or will go hungry, but because they want their kids credentialed and admitted into the social club. This story, then, is less about people committing a crime, and more about a system that fails the tests of meritocratic education so badly that people can buy their way past the merit and the education.

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Thought this was interesting, being accepted into the school was what counted according to then-Dean Elena Kagan (now Supreme Court Justice).
Most of these elite schools could admit entirely on merit, without regard to need, because they can run without charging admission.