Governor Begins Effort Toward Cleansing Tainted U. of Illinois Board
By SUSAN SAULNY and EMMA GRAVES FITZSIMMONS
The New York Times
The commission found earlier this month that top officials at the university ran a shadowy two-tier admissions process that favored the children of the wealthy and the well-connected, and that influence was particularly concentrated among the trustees.
The report, scathing in its breadth and detail, said the state’s flagship public institution of higher learning was in a “full-fledged crisis purely of its own making,” due to “crass opportunism” that went back a decade or more.
Favored students, whose names were tracked on an internal list, were sometimes admitted even though they did not meet admission qualifications, and better-qualified candidates were rejected.
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