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Illinois Admissions Review Commission

The State of Illinois Admissions Review Commission is scheduled to release its report/recommendations tomorrow on its investigation into admissions practices at the University of Illinois. The University of Illinois' website on the Commission is here. (Former Dean) Heidi Hurd's written submission to the Commission is here. Those interested in reading her testimony will find it here, along with testimony from (Current Dean) Bruce Smith.

BGates:
I'm torn. On the one hand, it's a shame that Illinois is such a cesspool, and doubly so that we invited so many of its most sucked-cess-full citizens to run the executive branch DC.
On the other hand, that's a great price on hair straightener.
8.6.2009 3:31am
OneSTDV (mail) (www):
This is merely fixing a small problem contained within a completely corrupt system. The college admissions game is not the meritocracy it should be. Social engineering by liberal admissions committees has undermined the process of cultivating our country's best minds.

Here's an article about how the educational system engages in this process and, in conjunction, the importance of individual:

How Educational Ssytem Undermines the Individual
8.6.2009 6:23am
Grumpy Old Man (mail) (www):
Bring back the spoils system and be open about it. Enough moralizing crap.
8.6.2009 9:42am
Bruce Hayden (mail):
This is merely fixing a small problem contained within a completely corrupt system. The college admissions game is not the meritocracy it should be. Social engineering by liberal admissions committees has undermined the process of cultivating our country's best minds.
The problem is not really that it isn't a meritocracy, but rather that it is fraudulently portrayed as such.

Harvard, Yale, etc. have been elite for a long time, but prior to maybe the 1970s or so, they were much less elite in the academic merit of their admissions, but rather were elite in the social class from which they admitted. I think that few here would believe that George W. Bush, Al Gore, or John Kerry, with their SATs, would have been admitted today to the Ivy League universities they attended as undergraduates. They all, along with most of academia, have shifted significantly to an academic meritocracy.

The problem arises when people are admitted to colleges that are known for a certain level of academic merit having notably less merit, through some sort of "pull". Those so admitted are essentially piggybacking or free riding on the academic abilities and efforts of everyone else there. And that is where I think that the fraud comes in - the assumption that these "pull" graduates had equivalent credentials to those who didn't get in through pull, when, in fact, they didn't.

Keep in mind that most of the admits to colleges have to be qualified for the who system to work. They have to admit mostly as a meritocracy to keep their reputations up. It is only because we don't know, years later, that someone was a political admittee, and rather assume that they were as qualified as most every else, that this is an issue.

This is also, maybe to a lesser extent, a problem with affirmative action. But since everyone "knows" that official sanctioned minorities and people "of color" have lower admissions standards at most schools, their degrees are often suitably discounted - which is why I think that Clarence Thomas so dislikes affirmative action.
8.6.2009 1:54pm
The Hounds of TASSersville (mail) (www):
It seems that Heidi Hurd is getting more desperate and erratic as the admission scandal comes to a close. She describes herself as a victim of Richard Herman (whom bizarrely she at the same time refers to as "a knight in shining armor") and admissions officials. Despite her plea, the Mikva panel has called her out as a willful player along with White, Herman, and DeBrock.

Perhaps the legal scholars can clarify, but even if the contradictory ramblings of Hurd are accurate, and she was a victim of pressures, we believe she would have still been required by state and university ethics laws and regulations to report said pressure.

Posted by Hound No. 6
The Hounds of TASSersville
8.6.2009 6:05pm
stoptobebanningtheTCOsomuch:
Hurd is a dissembler. Let's pin her fluttering wings down like a butterfly and then close the book and squash her thorax.
8.9.2009 11:10am

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