8/06/2009

Corruption over state college admissions

"The scandal adds to the state's reputation for rampant political corruption." From the WSJ:

Two University of Illinois trustees have resigned and a commission appointed by Gov. Patrick Quinn is expected Thursday to recommend that the remaining seven step down following charges that trustees eased admissions for hundreds of politically connected students.

Following a six-week inquiry, the Illinois Admissions Review Commission found that trustees created separate admissions criteria for applicants sponsored by elected officials, trustees and donors.

"It became a formal, underground, parallel admissions process that had a structure of its own," review commission member Zaldwaynaka Scott said at a meeting last week. "It was a completely independent system that operated without regard to academic records, academic potential." . . .

"It makes me angry to think that someone who didn't put in the hours or work as hard as me has my spot," said John Suo, who earned a 4.0 grade-point average at Naperville Central High School outside Chicago but was rejected by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's business school. . . . .

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Blogger Angela said...

I don't know if it still does, but Ohio law used to mandate that state residents were guaranteed a spot in any tax-funded University.

As it should be.

8/06/2009 12:14 PM  
Blogger TooMuchTime said...

"It makes me angry to think that someone who didn't put in the hours or work as hard as me has my spot," said John Suo, who earned a 4.0 grade-point average at Naperville Central High School outside Chicago but was rejected by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's business school.

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Mr. Suo is a bit miffed that the Supreme Court ruled that race may be used as a factor in school admissions. Since it can, it is. So, I wonder how Mr. Suo feels about liberal racist policies now?

Mr. Suo is also learning about incentive. If he breaks his back getting that 4.0 GPA but his position in college is given to someone with a 2.6 GPA (but happens to be the "correct" race) then why bother getting the 4.0? The higher your GPA, the more likely you are to lose that spot.

Well, Mr. Suo. All I have to say is, "Welcome to the bizarro world of socialism! Where it's not what you know or who you know. It's all about judging a book by it's cover."

8/06/2009 2:39 PM  
Blogger Harry Schell said...

Is there anything the poltical class will not corrupt and manipulate for its own pleasures?

8/06/2009 4:55 PM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

The Gov. appoints the most of the trustees in the State of Illinois. Am I correct that Mr. Quinn is a Democrat?

8/07/2009 12:56 PM  

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