There has been a scandal brewing at the Office of Admission at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This was first reported in 2009 when it became public that the school’s lobbyist, the person whom the university has put in charge of government relations, was helping unqualified applicants who had political connections gain admission.
As a consequence of the scandal, the admissions office put in place a system that logs when outside parties (i.e., politicians) contact the office of admission in attempts to sway admissions decisions. The scandal resurfaced recently when a legislator got involved in helping a current University of Illinois student get into a dual degree program. While the resurfacing did not involve admissions, the system that the admissions office put in place to check the influence of outside parties on college decisions flagged the misstep.
Check out the article in “The Chicago Tribune” here.