Higher Education
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Parents to plead guilty in college bribery scheme

by Kent Covington
Posted 4/09/19, 10:51 am

Actress Felicity Huffman and a dozen other wealthy parents have agreed to plead guilty in a college admissions cheating scam involving some of the nation’s top universities, federal authorities said Monday. Prosecutors charged Huffman and other parents last month in a scheme to rig standardized test scores and bribe coaches at prestigious schools, including Yale and Georgetown universities.

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Students sue colleges over admissions scandal

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/14/19, 12:31 pm

Two college students have sued the University of Southern California (USC), Yale University, and other colleges embroiled in a bribery scandal. The federal suit, filed Wednesday in San Francisco, claims the alleged scheme, in which parents paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to guarantee their children’s admission to elite schools, resulted in unfair advantages for unqualified students. Plaintiffs Erica Olsen and Kalea Woods said they were denied an equal opportunity for admission to Yale and USC. The lawsuit also names UCLA, Wake Forest, Georgetown University, and others.

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Widespread college admissions scam revealed

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 3/12/19, 12:45 pm

Top college coaches, university administrators, Hollywood actresses, and others have been charged in a widespread college admissions bribery case unsealed in federal court on Tuesday. The case is the largest college admissions scandal ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling said Tuesday at a news conference in Boston. Authorities say coaches at schools, including Georgetown, Stanford, Southern California, Wake Forest, UCLA, and Yale University, accepted bribes in exchange for admitting students as athletes, regardless of their ability.

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