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Actresses, CEOs arrested in nationwide college admissions cheating scam

Actresses, CEOs arrested in nationwide college admissions cheating scam

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  • As someone who worked as a private college admissions counselor for 15 years in elite markets like NYC and London, I can’t say I’m surprised. Parents would literally do anything to get their kids accepted to top universities. I was offered $50,000 to take the SAT for a child at one point - the father

    As someone who worked as a private college admissions counselor for 15 years in elite markets like NYC and London, I can’t say I’m surprised. Parents would literally do anything to get their kids accepted to top universities. I was offered $50,000 to take the SAT for a child at one point - the father said he “had a guy who could arrange for the fake ID”, was asked numerous times to write kids’ essays, and had frequent inquiries about how to make big donations to schools. I obviously never took anyone up on these offers....what’s sad is that if the students found out about this they’d have been mortified - most of the students I’ve worked with wanted to do it all in their own and get accepted for their own merits.

  • I think it's kind of cool that the US District Attorney's office in Boston is bringing this case. There's such a strong cluster of higher education in the New England area that this seems like the perfect case for them to prosecute - sort of like how the Southern District of New York regulates Wall Street.

  • Even more proof that if you have a child who deserves to be in a prestigious school like this... Unless your rich, it isn't going to happen.

  • This story is as old as history, for profit or non profit schools are no different, the only thing that really changes is the method of bribery.

  • This goes well beyond the normal advantages of admissions counselors and test prep coaches available to the wealthy into criminal behavior such a bribery—but it should amplify the debate over the preferential treatment legacies and donors get in university admissions. This book by Richard Reeves provides

    This goes well beyond the normal advantages of admissions counselors and test prep coaches available to the wealthy into criminal behavior such a bribery—but it should amplify the debate over the preferential treatment legacies and donors get in university admissions. This book by Richard Reeves provides a strong argument on the topic https://www.amazon.com/Dream-Hoarders-American-Leaving-Everyone/dp/081572912X/ref=nodl_

  • It's certainly news that they are going to face consequences

  • Dare I ask why this is news? Shouldnt it be well known by now that FOR PROFIT SCHOOLS would have all kinds of bribery and such going on? Do all of these "Student Athletes" test high enough for entry? Lol Of course not! Its all for money and a scam for the most part. Student loan debt created by outdated

    Dare I ask why this is news? Shouldnt it be well known by now that FOR PROFIT SCHOOLS would have all kinds of bribery and such going on? Do all of these "Student Athletes" test high enough for entry? Lol Of course not! Its all for money and a scam for the most part. Student loan debt created by outdated practices that can be learned for the most part online and through other outlets. Wake up and smell the textbooks.

  • As others have pointed out, this isn't shocking. It is important however. For too long the wealthy have thought their white collar crimes would never be prosecuted. Often they are the same people who respond to news of police brutality with, "they should have just followed the rules." Its about time

    As others have pointed out, this isn't shocking. It is important however. For too long the wealthy have thought their white collar crimes would never be prosecuted. Often they are the same people who respond to news of police brutality with, "they should have just followed the rules." Its about time the law and order crowd is held to their own standard.

  • While this scheme is despicable, I think the root cause lies with the universities as much as the overly aggressive parents.

    The opaque admissions process forces students (and ultimately) parents to do unnatural things to get in. The days of getting a 4.0 GPA and an SAT score in the top 1% guaranteeing

    While this scheme is despicable, I think the root cause lies with the universities as much as the overly aggressive parents.

    The opaque admissions process forces students (and ultimately) parents to do unnatural things to get in. The days of getting a 4.0 GPA and an SAT score in the top 1% guaranteeing admission to a top school are over. The selection process is no longer about merit and as a result, desperate parents are driven to pursue all options that offer their kids an advantage.

  • Also otherwise known as University Development. New labs, new dorms, new scholarships for needy students in exchange for funding. Happens at all U's.

  • It makes you think about the less privileged students who have had their well deserved opportunity at an Ivy League college education taken from them by deeper pockets.

  • I just assumed this was how it worked. Especially sucky from another source: “In many instances, the students taking the exams were unaware that their parents had arranged for this cheating," [SAT/ACT] the FBI said.

  • Glad they are naming names here. As the parent of a child I watched spend every free moment for years doing everything he could to get top grades and win a prestigious academic award , dedicate an entire summer to studying for the standardized tests and spent 7 days a week practicing his sport for about

    Glad they are naming names here. As the parent of a child I watched spend every free moment for years doing everything he could to get top grades and win a prestigious academic award , dedicate an entire summer to studying for the standardized tests and spent 7 days a week practicing his sport for about 8 years including grueling national competitions so he could be legit recruited to a top school .. putting in the work and earning his place there through lots of challenges both mental and physical as an athlete.. I am feeling fortunate his “ spot” at the top school he attends wasn’t taken by these (still alleged) criminals .. but other families were hurt and will never get the spots at elite schools that should have gone to them. And there is no way there aren’t more of these bad actors out there. This is sadly the beginning of much bigger revelations to come

  • How is this a surprise?

    Also. I don’t really see what’s wrong with donating a wing etc. to a university.

    Everyone wins.

  • Always knew Aunt Becky had a dark side.

    The only thing that surprises me about any of this is that parents are bribing to get into UT (admit rate of 36%) and Wake Forest (admit rate of 28%) versus single digit admit rates for elite schools. Says a lot about the kids if their parents are aiming “low”

    Always knew Aunt Becky had a dark side.

    The only thing that surprises me about any of this is that parents are bribing to get into UT (admit rate of 36%) and Wake Forest (admit rate of 28%) versus single digit admit rates for elite schools. Says a lot about the kids if their parents are aiming “low”. (To be clear, I’m sure they’re great schools, but if you’re going to commit a crime to buy your way in, surely you’d get more bang for your buck for a bigger brand name.)

  • I tutored the son of a wealthy man. The son had skated by in life because of who his father was, but was not prepared for college. The father realized this and started to test my ethical... flexibility? First it was "can you just help him write a first draft" and then as admissions loomed closer escalated

    I tutored the son of a wealthy man. The son had skated by in life because of who his father was, but was not prepared for college. The father realized this and started to test my ethical... flexibility? First it was "can you just help him write a first draft" and then as admissions loomed closer escalated up to "can you write his admissions essay." I didn't do any of that, but the actual tutoring paid really well for a college job so I stuck around. What's interesting looking back is *how* this man asked me to cheat, like there was no risk in asking. He knew he operated in a different world where things like that have no consequences.

  • Who actually cares? One of the actresses paid 500k to get her daughter into USC? Hahaha. She has already paid for her crimes.

  • There needs to be significant consequences for this that are publicized to stop this type of behavior.

  • What I find most offensive is that so few are either surprised or offended. And yet what a hue and cry is let out when those who have been historically underrepresented and innadvantaged receive some small remedies from affirmative action policies.

  • This is sad. The reason for going to higher academic institutions should be mainly driven by the interest in pursuing knowledge, innovation, and discovery. But this news is a sad commentary of how college and it’s value has changed in society over time.

  • Very interestesting. I'm sure we will hear more as time goes on.

  • Sports scholarships, legacy acceptances, now bribery. How many deserving students miss out even if they can afford the tuition? I can understand a quid pro quo where the university and its students benefit but self enrichment can't be condoned.

  • I think we find this story particularly upsetting because education is often considered a great method for battling inequaluty.

  • Are you @&$%ing kidding me!?

    As an educator and a first generation student, this is outrageous!

  • This is crazy and yet wholly expected to most people who think the rich pay to get ahead using unfair (and in this case illegal) practices. And to think that these Hollywood folks thought they might get away with it?

  • 1. Pair this story up with Malcolm Gladwell's 3-part education system series during Season 1 of his podcast "Revisionist History". This will paint a broader (and likely more infuriating) picture.

    2. Pull the thread on this a bit. A celebrity was willing to pay a hefty bribe to ensure their child PASSED

    1. Pair this story up with Malcolm Gladwell's 3-part education system series during Season 1 of his podcast "Revisionist History". This will paint a broader (and likely more infuriating) picture.

    2. Pull the thread on this a bit. A celebrity was willing to pay a hefty bribe to ensure their child PASSED the SAT. In order to fail the SAT, you need to either have a legitimate test anxiety / learning disability (and there are alternate methods to take the test in these cases, all of which a rich celebrity could afford), or you need to be dumb as dirt. Since they could afford to have done the alternate testing methods, let's assume the bribe was due to a lack of aptitude on the part of their kid. This celebrity paid to get their inept child into an elite school, thereby stealing a spot from a deserving student. Why?!? Because social status. We live in a class-based society. Period.

  • 😶

  • I feel sad for the child that goes to a university that they at not equipped to attend. So many go to large 4 year schools and struggle and fail when a 2 year, smaller campus would have been a much better first step. I am an alum of a prestigious school. It now recommends their incoming students do their

    I feel sad for the child that goes to a university that they at not equipped to attend. So many go to large 4 year schools and struggle and fail when a 2 year, smaller campus would have been a much better first step. I am an alum of a prestigious school. It now recommends their incoming students do their first two years elsewhere and come in as third year students.

  • I am a retired soldier. My daughter more than met the qualifications to attend Yale and Princeton. To Princeton's credit, they sent someone to interview Darien. Yale was less responsive. We payed their fees, completed their applications, spent time and money getting the required information and wrote

    I am a retired soldier. My daughter more than met the qualifications to attend Yale and Princeton. To Princeton's credit, they sent someone to interview Darien. Yale was less responsive. We payed their fees, completed their applications, spent time and money getting the required information and wrote all of their essays. I can't help but wonder if there would have been a spot if the process was fair... Maybe if I had an extra $50,000 laying around, she would be a Yale student.

    Don't feel sorry. She is an Aggie. I think, given the problems the elite schools have had with political correctness, speech policing, ANTIFA and other aggressive political leftists... I think she is in a better place.

  • Elitist privilege and corporate imperialism is only tolerated by bootlickers. Destroy these pigs; we are the riotous majority. It is time to make the Yellow Vests look like Girl Scouts.And don't forget to back The New Green Deal!

  • Oh sh**! It’s going down now. We are all fxxked.

  • May be time to breakup Big Academia’s legacy favoring institutions (in terms of the endearing mysticism they hold over us). Or we must equally favor disruptive technology that truly places merit and hard working over favoritism and grandstanding.

  • Is this really news to anyone?

  • Spare a thought for all the kids who were deprived of a place at these colleges because their entitled, wealthy parents allegedly decided to cheat and buy them a place instead.

  • My question - Did this cause more deserving applicants-those that actually had the grades- to not be able to get into these schools-and at what point -since the people obviously had the money for excellent tutors and still their offspring couldn’t get in on their own is it time to say enough?

  • Well everyone that has a high salary will have to be investigated because that kind of behavior happens in every facet of life

  • Typical Hollywood

  • Isn't this one of the oldest tropes in TV? I mean they didn't get it from nowhere. Is this a story because the people who WROTE the story just became aware of the practice? 🤔🤔

  • College admissions, much like academia, is rotten with bias and corruption, and professors like Bernie.

    "I want to talk with the deans and stuff, and I'll go to classes some, but mostly I want to party."

    Yes, we need transparency across the board. But maybe it is time, as Bernie said, for "Free College

    College admissions, much like academia, is rotten with bias and corruption, and professors like Bernie.

    "I want to talk with the deans and stuff, and I'll go to classes some, but mostly I want to party."

    Yes, we need transparency across the board. But maybe it is time, as Bernie said, for "Free College Tuition".

    Let's make videos of the very best professor's lectures, like Elizabeth Warren, post them for free viewing on YouTube, and charge only for testing and accreditation. There would be no need for an admissions office. You watch the lectures. You take the tests. You earn your credits. If you want to party, take Uber to a local Pub.

    Let the A-Listers hire their own Leftist nanny professors, and indoctrinate their rich

    dummy kids. Our kids don't need pompous, old drug crazed hippies.

    Let our children achieve their education without the garbage.

    As I think about all these dirty dealings, I was reminded of a few football player our son knew, from a Division 1 college. One was from a football family. He walked on and finally was given a scholarship his Junior year. He played most games and became a star.

    The other player was from a wealthy family. He had a full ride starting his Freshman year, and never played a single down in four years.

    I believe that we've only scratched the surface of this scandal.

  • One must be a little more dicreet , one can donate a new wing or a library to the school, get real! this has been going on since the beginning of time!

  • My youngest son is autistic and because of this learning disability is allowed extra time and quiet rooms to take his exams.

    Now, because of the actions of a handful of people who illegitemately had their child "diagnosed" with a learning disability because they had the money to do so, my son and others

    My youngest son is autistic and because of this learning disability is allowed extra time and quiet rooms to take his exams.

    Now, because of the actions of a handful of people who illegitemately had their child "diagnosed" with a learning disability because they had the money to do so, my son and others like him will always be looked upon suspiciously. A handful of elitists who so intensely felt their child deserved a prestigious education have willingly set back educational opportunities for those with learning disabilities simply because they believed their child with no disability was better than mine.

    This is the epitome of selfishness.

  • Getting in is one thing. Do they pay for work to be done too?

  • Well, I think this is not about the Industry (Entertainment) but what about the politicians ?, with this new findings your taking the spot light away from them ( they are the biggest culprit) always paying the big bucks with contributions for their kids the (Bush) jaja, get real America.

  • How disgusting.

  • Reading about such things in the US makes me realize that the Nigeria is not a strange place after all...