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FBI Issues Charges in College Admission Scandal

 
 
Reply Wed 13 Mar, 2019 06:39 am
The talk last night at the high school soccer game was not the USWNT lawsuit against US Soccer, but the college admission scam that the FBI rolled out yesterday. Turns out the rich and sometimes famous were paying coaches in little known sports to put their kids on the recruit list so they could short circuit the admissions process at selective schools.

I enjoyed this article about sports recruiting in college as an admissions scam to help mediocre rich kids get into top colleges. Here is an interesting quote.
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Current scandal aside, most of the hand-wringing around college sports recruiting in recent years has revolved around football and basketball teams at Division I schools. Are athletes getting paid illegally? Should they be getting paid? Are the students getting a real education? Do college football programs even benefit colleges? The athletes at the center of these debates are not the mediocre scions of white celebrities; they are hotly recruited and sometimes nationally famous, and they also tend to be black.

But the vast majority of athletes at elite colleges are not superstars with a chance of going pro. They are instead the kinds of athletes that actress Lori Loughlin allegedly pretended her daughters were: decent high-school athletes in less-prominent sports like rowing, soccer, and water polo. (Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly paid $500,000 to have their daughters designated as rowing recruits at USC.) Most elite schools recruit athletes in these sports, typically setting aside copious slots in each freshman class for students with athletic talent.

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In many cases, admission criteria for grades and test scores are relaxed for such recruits. Slate wrote in 2017 that college sports at many elite schools are “essentially an affirmative action program for athletes.” And the group most likely to benefit from that program is not black superstars but “white men with mediocre academic records,” as one former Wesleyan University administrator put it:

Two former Wesleyan admissions officers told me they believe the “tips” system—which allows the school to admit 60 to 70 undergrads per class who don’t fit the university’s typical academic profile—disproportionately benefits white men. Minority athletes, they said, can gain a leg up in admissions independent of their on-field ability because their presence helps increase racial diversity on campus. When athletes of color get admitted to Wesleyan without using athletic tips, those slots are often used by white athletes. “Not only do you have white men who wouldn’t otherwise be at Wesleyan,” says the former administrator who held various posts at Wesleyan. “But then the school doesn’t work as hard to recruit minorities who aren’t athletes.”

Many less-prestigious sports are expensive to participate in, let alone excel at. They require investments like elaborate equipment, pool time, and private coaching. They overwhelmingly attract white players and even more disproportionately exclude black students. Just 160 of 7,277 women’s crew team members last year were black, according to NCAA data. Among water polo players, black athletes made up 31 of 2,263 team members.

When special slots are set aside for these athletes at elite schools, they’re essentially designated for wealthy applicants who otherwise might not be accepted.
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Reply Wed 13 Mar, 2019 07:21 am
@engineer,
Interesting take on this - this isn't just the so-called elite colleges though - it is all different types of colleges (not the "bribing" part of it). Often times colleges select students that are below their typical average academically or provide "talent" scholarships to entice a certain type of student.

And it isn't just athletics (but often is) For example - a college may be low on talented flutist for their marching band - so they may take a talented flutist for their school whose grades are below the average student in their school. It can be almost anything.

My daughter was told my her guidance counselor that one of the schools she applied to was a stretch school for her academically. It was a division III school so they cannot give out athletic scholarships. She had contacted the softball coach previously about her interest in the school - she applied and not only got accepted but got a big scholarship (academic and "talent"). When the deadline was approaching to decide which school to attend - they sent an email saying they were giving her an additional $1k.

Now she was a solid student, but this was a small private school just one or two tiers below ivy league and as much as I love her - she isn't rewarding of that high of a scholarship to that school. The softball team was mediocre so it is highly likely they were throwing money at her to come play.

So schools will entice students with lower than their average academic profile if a student has another talent, skill or shown some other valuable asset. It is not all academics school search.
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thack45
 
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Reply Wed 13 Mar, 2019 08:28 am
The real college admissions scandal is what’s legal -- Vox
Another interesting take
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Wed 13 Mar, 2019 02:28 pm
@thack45,
There's an interesting example linked in your article of the influence moneyed people exert to get their academically mediocre children into universities.

As Trump takes aim at affirmative action, let’s remember how Jared Kushner got into Harvard
farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 14 Mar, 2019 06:11 pm
@InfraBlue,
or Plump into Warton.
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