25 Mar Are universities the victims here? What colleges have to do right now to clean up admissions after largest-ever cheating scandal
There are roughly 4,300 colleges in the nation. Only eight were named in the federal investigation into William “Rick” Singer’s scam to get the children of the rich and famous through the doors of elite universities.
Singer and his staff faked tests, photoshopped unathletic students’ faces onto the bodies of actual athletes and took in nearly $25 million in bribes.
Yale’s endowment, which helps the university to cover the cost of professors and student scholarships, is $29.4 billion – 1,000 times larger than the total bribes feds allege.
Federal authorities charged 50 people, but that didn’t include any college admissions officials. That’s a sign, higher education insiders say, that universities aren’t culpable in the scandal.
Still, the scandal is certainly wider. Possibly much wider.
Singer said he helped 800 families with his scam. And the Justice Department said more people are involved in the case than the 33 parents who were initially charged. (Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said Tuesday he wasn’t ready to give a total.)