Where’s Olivia Pope when you need her? A scandal is brewing at the University of Texas, one that has caused University of Texas president Bill Powers to resign after being asked to do so by the University of Texas chancellor. And it has to do with admission to the University of Texas. Apparently, Mr. Powers received 86 letters from politicians in which these politicians sought special consideration for their friends and family as they sought admission to UT. And it gets worse. The UT regent who dared to question such favoritism in admissions was nearly ousted from his position by the very politicians who received special consideration from Bill Powers. It’s quite the mess, wouldn’t you say?
According to an article on the University of Texas admissions scandal in “The Wall Street Journal,” “Undergrad applicants with recommendation letters from lawmakers had a 58.7% admission rate at UT between 2009 and 2013 compared to a 15.8% overall admission rate. Half of the law school applicants with special letters were admitted, compared to 22.5% overall, and some of the favored had scores well below average.” The statistics here say it all!
While the University of Texas former president may have been corrupt, we strongly discourage students applying to Ivy League colleges to submit letters of recommendation from politicians. Do these politicians really know you? No. You’re not impressing anybody. Unless you worked for a politicians throughout high school, that recommendation from your local congressman is going to do you more harm than good. Don’t make this mistake!
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