Peter Morici: The admissions scandal shows the true weakness of American higher education

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  • RedShirtCalTech Pasedena, CA
    March 22, 2019 10:04 a.m.

    What would be really awesome would be for colleges to have the same admission requirements for everybody. Can you imagine what would happen if the athletics programs had to recruit players that had to have the same ACT/SAT scores as everybody else?

    But that brings up another issue. If the ACT/SAT tests are meant to show college readiness why are colleges relaxing that standard for athletics? If a football player who squeaked out a 20 on the ACT can do well in college, why are colleges turning people away that have a 25 but no athletic ability?

    Isn't the next scandal going to be the lower standards for athletes?

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    March 21, 2019 11:55 a.m.

    Excuse me, its Morici who took the cheap shots, not another usual suspect.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    March 21, 2019 11:54 a.m.


    Mr Hancock wasted no time conflating the scandals in the college admission system with "liberals" and Democrats. And taxes. I am surprised "Benghazi!" was not alluded to as well.

    Mr Hancock, these illegal acts have nothing to do with your biased critiques of Democratic policies and ideals. They were/are crimes. Period. Nothing more.

    I imagine the Hancock fans will pat themselves on the back and congratulate the opinion piece as a truly great analytic synopsis of what might be wrong with university admission processes. And love to extreme the extraneous political diatribe.

    How sad and how predictable that so-called Conservative thinkers take pot shots to "prove" the validity of their outlook. It only shows the vacuity of their case.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    March 21, 2019 11:24 a.m.

    Re Impartial7

    Donating to a school to gain admittance is not illegal. This is about donating to a school admittance person who then pocketed the money for themselves. Or someone was paid to help the prospective student chest on a test.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 21, 2019 10:08 a.m.

    "Instead the Democrats want to tax the wealthy, and politically liberal economists, advocating the “new monetary theory,” want to simply print money."

    Really? Trump's tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations just added 1.5 Trillion to our debt. Who wants to print money? Plus Morici is being hypocritical. How is "donating" to a school to get your kid favorable status any different than "donating" to a politician to get your company preferential laws passed? Citizens United and GOP "pay to play" are the underlying cause of this college scandal.