FBI investigation shows college admissions & athletics officials taking bribes from parents & not giving faculty their cut

This is yet another outrageous example of administrators not understanding the “shared” part of shared governance, the bedrock principle behind the success of american higher education. In the NYT here:

… Authorities said the crimes date back to 2011, and the defendants used “bribery and other forms of fraud to facilitate their children’s admission” to numerous college and universities,” including Georgetown, Yale University, Stanford University, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California and UCLA, among others. One of the cooperating witnesses, according to the court documents, is a former head coach of Yale’s women’s soccer team, who pleaded guilty in the case nearly a year ago and has since been helping FBI agents gather evidence.

Some of the 32 defendants are accused of bribing college entrance exam administrators to facilitate cheating on tests — by having a smarter student take the test, providing students with answers to exams or correcting their answers after they had completed the exams, according to the criminal complaint filed in federal court.

Others allegedly bribed university athletic coaches and administrators to designate applicants as “purported athletic recruits — regardless of their athletic abilities, and in some cases, even though they did not play the sport they were purportedly recruited to play — thereby facilitating their admission to universities in place of more qualified applicants,” the complaint charges. …

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8 Responses to FBI investigation shows college admissions & athletics officials taking bribes from parents & not giving faculty their cut

  1. UOCM says:

    A tiny donation will get your C+ kid into UofO

    • uomatters says:

      Even a single bottle of Laphroaig can make the difference.

    • JustAnotherBurntOutGradStudent says:

      A donation’s not even needed. As a GE instructor, I don’t trust my department to have my back if a student complained about their grade, so they all pass.

  2. Nono says:

    It’s shared sacrifices, not governance.

    • Anonymous says:

      No, its bullshit at all levels

      In my world of view of experience there are two escalating, quite improper trends

      1) any one can now experience preferential treatment either through bribery or constant whining – there seems to be no such thing as equal treatment anymore – everyone is special, and everyone is deserving of everything

      2) Everyone now can claim they are a victim of someone else’s words or behavior even though there was no intent. Indeed, in academia one is now guilty until proven innocent and the pathway to innocence is usually fraught with peril. J’accuse
      and the accusser usually also gets the preferential treatment of 1 above

  3. Rigged says:

    Disgusting, but looks like everyone will get a slap on the wrist at best. That’s what happened with the Long Island SAT cheating scandal a decade ago. ETS didn’t even report the cheaters to the schools and the perp is now a millionaire developer. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Eshaghoff
    No one wants the publicity. The testing company doesn’t want its trusted product tarnished, the schools don’t want to talk about the donor bribes they take. The system is rigged all the way down at both public and private. A poor, in state kid has a lot less chance of getting in than a less smart kid who can pay full, out of state tuition.

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