The College Admission Scam, Busted

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(Mike Macklin/WBZ NewsRadio)

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It’s hard to know where to start describing the sheer stupidity and venality of the alleged college testing and admissions scam busted yesterday by the feds here in Boston.

We could begin with Rick Singer, pictured above, the accused mastermind of the scam who got his start as a college prep expert in Sacramento.

But Singer couldn’t have survived and prospered but for the utter cynicism of the parents who allegedly paid him to fake their kids’ tests and applications.

These vain greedheads thought so little of their own children and believed so strongly in the value of a high-end diploma – however corruptly earned – that they were apparently willing to lie, cheat and steal to get what wasn’t rightfully theirs.

The college employees who went along with all this deserve our contempt.

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But there are plenty of higher-ed administrators who weren’t indicted but might just as well be unindicted co-conspirators.

They are the ones who, over decades, labored to create a cult around their brands, touting big-name professors most students never meet and peddling fantasies about the product they provide.

They are the ones who sell preferential admission to the highest bidders and exculpate their sins by doling out a few scholarships.

They turned their ivory towers into glorified chicken coops of fakery and greed.

And now the chickens have come home to roost.

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