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Anatomy of a college cheating scandal, and the resolve to fix it

Jaclyn Jaeger | March 20, 2019

By now, many are aware of the ongoing nationwide criminal investigation that federal authorities have dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues,” in which dozens of individuals—including many university coaches—were caught engaging in a scheme that involved bribery and the facilitation of cheating on college entrance exams to get prospective students admitted to the school of their choice. Now, the victimized universities are speaking out.

According to court documents unsealed March 12, federal authorities in Boston filed criminal charges against dozens of individuals, including parents, coaches, and other staff members from eight universities across the country, for perpetrating fraud in the college admissions process. Among those implicated are athletic coaches from Yale, Stanford, University of Texas, Georgetown, Wake Forest, University of San Diego, the University of Southern California and...

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