On Tuesday, the FBI charged dozens of wealthy parents in an alleged cheating and bribery scheme to get their children admitted into elite colleges. Celebrities Lori Loughlin of Full House and Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives were allegedly among those involved in the scandal.
It is very unfortunate if wealthy celebrities have resorted to cheating and bribery to put their children into elite schools. Doing so potentially deprived less fortunate students of the chance to get into these schools based on merit.
According to Mary Clare Amselem, a Heritage policy analyst focused on education, Americans should not be surprised to learn that the higher education system is broken. While the student loan system has put students and taxpayers into $1.5 trillion of debt, many degree programs are failing to provide students with any marketable skills. New proposals from the left, such as loan forgiveness and “free college,” will only perpetuate this broken system.
Read more from Mary Clare Amselem’s explanation of the problem with higher education today
Watch Mary Clare discuss the college admissions scandal on C-SPAN Washington Journal
How should lawmakers address the problems in the higher education system?