More Revelations on Illinois Admissions

June 22, 2009

Examples continue to materialize of ways in which the University of Illinois altered normal admissions processes on behalf of politically connected applicants, according to two new articles in the Chicago Tribune. One article reported on nearly 100 instances in which trustees intervened on behalf of individual applicants. The other article looked at medical school admissions, finding that generally the medical admissions officers managed to fight off the pressure. But in one case, in which the applicant never enrolled, the medical school agreed under pressure to admit a student with low undergraduate grades if he could raise his scores on the Medical College Admission Test to a better but "not a spectacular" level.

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