Varsity Blues cheating scandal has higher education officials worried

Posted at 5:59 PM, Mar 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 20:09:23-04

NASVHILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Most universities pride themselves on academic integrity, on Wednesday though, many of them were doing some self reflection on internal policies.

"I guess I was surprised we didn’t catch this ourselves," says Mike Reilly the director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars.

The scandal is being called the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted. School officials, wealthy parents and celebrities were just some of the some 50 people accused of fruad in order to get particular students into prestigious schools.

No one from Mike's organization was involved in the nationwide cheating scandal but everyone involved in higher education is dealing with the fallout.

"We now have to do work to overcome the stain on the college admission process," he added.

Mike's biggest concern about kids getting into college simply because their parents were rich, is the message it send to other students. Also troubling to Mike is that some qualified students may not have gotten into college simply because others had parents who could pay millions to cheat for their kids.

"The process where people think it’s so competitive that you have to compromise your integrity is problematic," he said.