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Federal racketeering sting reveals ‘side door’ into elite colleges

March 13, 2019

The indictment swept through the mainstream media like a hurricane on Tuesday — what with the cinematic cocktail of fabulously wealthy parents, the pull of exclusive universities, the sometimes-warped world of college athletics, hefty bribes and unsubtle efforts to game college entrance exams. Perhaps seeing the irony, the feds even called it “Operation Varsity Blues.”

All this happened at a time when many institutions are responding to market pressure to stem tuition increases and offer bigger discounts to low- and middle-income students.

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