California lawmakers talk college admissions reform in wake of scandal, calling for ‘accountability’

February 07 2021 03:30 pm

We’ve all watched in complete disgust by the outright fraud committed in the college admissions scandal, says California Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento).

California Democrats are calling for reforms to college admissions in direct response to the college bribery scheme which essentially started in California.

Their proposals include a checks and balance system requiring three university administrators to sign off on special admissions, and banning preferential admissions to donors and alumni.

Donate a building, buy a professorship, become a major donor, be an alumni to many of these institutions. This door of legacy admits is a front door that is completely legal, and has been used for centuries to get and perpetrate a certain type of person into the school, says Assemblyman. Phil Ting (D-San Francisco).

The man at the center of the bribery scheme, Rick Singer, was a private college consultant in California. Lawmakers want to regulate businesses like his, requiring them to register with the state.

This is about transparency, this is about accountability, so that we can see who is involved in these processes, says Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell).

Lawmakers are also calling for a state audit of the University of California system’s admissions practices.

Every student in California regardless of their background, deserves a fair shot at one of our world renowned public universities, says Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Encinitas).

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