What Next

The Side Door Into College

Rich families wanted a guarantee. What they got was an FBI investigation.

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The FBI submitted indictments this week into the largest college admissions scam they’ve ever prosecuted. Celebrities, millionaire parents, and college sports coaches are among the dozens charged in a scheme that sought to get wealthy kids through a “side door” in college admissions—one that guaranteed them entry to top-tier universities.

The admissions system has always favored the wealthy. So, who should we hold responsible? And how do we fix it?

Guests: Andy Thomason, editor at the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Julie Lythcott-Haims, former Stanford dean and author of How to Raise an Adult.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin.