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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has put a system in place to address outside influences on admissions decision-making (photo credit: Daniel Schwen).

There has been a scandal brewing in the admissions office at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This scandal was first reported back in 2009 when it became public that the school’s lobbyist, the person whom the university put in charge of government relations, was helping unqualified applicants who had political connections gain admission. We know. It’s not so shocking. But, nonetheless, we aim to point out such instances of impropriety at our nation’s elite universities because if it can happen at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, well, it can happen anywhere. And it does!

In any case, as a direct result of the scandal, the UIUC admissions office put in place a system that logs when outside parties (e.g., politicians) contact the admissions office in attempts to sway admissions decisions. The scandal resurfaced recently when a legislator got involved in helping a current UIUC student get into a dual degree program. But this time around, no such luck for the legislator! Instead, the system that the admissions office put in place to check the influence of outside parties on college decisions flagged the misstep. So, hey, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign deserves commendation for fixing their system. Well done, UIUC! May other universities implement such systems going forward to put a stop to these outside folks asserting their influence on admissions decision-making.


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