NACAC issued a statement Tuesday, urging members to redouble their commitment to integrity within the college admission process.
The statement followed news reports of efforts by wealthy individuals to get their children into selective colleges and universities as part of a long-running cheating scam. The Justice Department charged 50 people with participating in this scheme.
The alleged crimes included cheating on entrance exams, as well as bribing college officials to say certain students were coming to compete on athletic teams when those students were not in fact athletes, according to The Washington Post.
“This is an unfortunate example of the lengths to which people will go to circumvent and manipulate the college admission process, particularly to gain admission to highly selective colleges,” Stefanie Niles, NACAC president and vice president for enrollment and communications at Ohio Wesleyan University, said of the allegations.
She called them an “extreme response to the commodification of the college admission process—one that is focused on college acceptance as an end unto itself.”
Read the full statement.
Ashley Dobson is NACAC’s communications manager for content and social media. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.