College Admissions...

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College Admissions Scandal Last week news broke about a "college admissions cheating scandal" which involved dozens of wealthy and famous parents from across the country being charged with federal crimes. Fifty people -- including Hollywood stars, top CEOs, college coaches and standardized test administrators -- allegedly took part in the scheme to cheat on tests and admit students to leading institutions as athletes, regardless of their abilities. At least eight universities are named in a federal indictment and criminal complaint.  However, the fate of the students is not as clear cut as one might initially think.  Many of the students are pleading ignorance - they did not know this scheme was occurring, and thus should not be punished like they did.  What do you think connected universities should do about this issue?  Is there a way to stop something like this happening in the future?  Does this reveal an inherent flaw about the college admissions process?