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- The wealthy families involved in the college admissions scandal were advised to have their students claim they were racial minorities to improve their chances of getting into top colleges, The Wall Street Journal reported.
- William Singer, the man behind the scheme, told families their children would be at a “competitive disadvantage” if they didn’t lie about their race, according to The Journal.
- The scandal has ignited a debate about diversity in the college admissions process.
- This revelation that students lied about their race follows this week’s announcement that the SAT is adding an “adversity score” to track students’ wealth and privilege.
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The wealthy families involved in the college admissions scandal were advised to have their students falsely claim to be racial minorities on their applications to boost their chances of getting into top colleges, The Wall Street Journal reported.
William “Rick” Singer, the man behind the scheme, reportedly told parents that not having their students lie about their race would put them at a “competitive disadvantage” in the admissions process.
The son of Marjorie Klapper from Menlo Park, California, was one of many students who claimed they were racial minorities on their applications, according to The Journal. Klapper’s son was falsely listed as black and Hispanic on his Common Application.
The Department of Justice has charged 50 people, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman and executives at prominent companies, with participating in a scheme to get students into elite colleges through cheating and bribery. Twenty have pleaded guilty so far.
Beyond misrepresenting race, strategies for getting children admitted included cheating on entrance exams, paying bribes to athletic coaches and university administrators. One student’s parents paid $6.5 million to get her into Stanford University, while actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli paid $500,000 to have their daughters designated as recruits to the University of Southern California’s crew team, when neither daughter rowed crew.
The latest revelation about racial misrepresentation comes after the college admissions scandal had already ignited debate about diversity in the college admissions process.
This week, it was announced that the SAT is adding an “adversity score” that will track students’ socioeconomic backgrounds in order to measure wealth and privilege.