college admissions

Former Harvard University fencing coach Peter Brand departs federal court in Boston on Nov. 16, 2020, after being arraigned and freed on bail. Brand was acquitted Wednesday of charges that he accepted more than $1.5 million in bribes in exchange for designating a wealthy businessman's two sons as recruits to help secure their admission to the elite university. (Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via AP, File)
Dec 22, 2022

Former Harvard coach, Md. businessman acquitted in college bribery case

A former Harvard fencing coach was acquitted of charges related to an admissions scandal.

Oct 31, 2022

Affirmative action in jeopardy after justices raise doubts

The future of affirmative action in higher education is on the table as the Supreme Court wades into the admissions programs at the nation's oldest public and private universities.

Jun 14, 2021

Supreme Court defers Harvard case on race in college admissions

With abortion and guns already on the agenda, the Supreme Court is considering adding a third blockbuster issue — whether to ban consideration of race in college admissions.

Feb 24, 2020

California settles race, education discrimination case

Welcome to Monday, the 32nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Hustler Magazine Inc. v. Falwell that the First Amendment rights to free speech and press prevent public figures from collecting damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress based on parodies of them. Here are some news items for the start of the week. […]

Nov 5, 2019

UMES pilot program would not use SAT, ACT scores in admissions

In a year-long pilot program, the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore will not use standardized test scores as part of its admissions process. The university joins a growing number of institutions that are uncoupling admissions decisions from students’ scores on the SAT and ACT examinations. The pilot program, which received preliminary approval from a University […]

May 6, 2019

Stock-scam investigation spurs college-admissions inquiry

Welcome to Monday, the 65th anniversary of Roger Bannister breaking the four-minute mile. Here are some news items to get your week started. — Alleged stock-scam mastermind alerted prosecutors to college-admissions scandal. — Former managers of French company face moral-harassment charges in employee suicides. — A printer repair person’s alleged tardiness prompts federal la[...]

Apr 3, 2019

Huffman, Loughlin briefly appear in court for college scam

BOSTON (AP) — Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin appeared in federal court alongside other wealthy parents Wednesday to face charges in the college bribery scandal that has roiled the world of admissions and amplified complaints the system is stacked in favor of the rich.The two actresses and Loughlin’s fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, […]

Apr 2, 2019

Parents could face tax charges, big fines in admissions scam

A wide-ranging college admissions cheating scheme allowed wealthy parents not only to get their kids into sought-after schools but to write off the bribes on their taxes, federal authorities say.

Apr 1, 2019

Fingerprinting lawyers reveals past convictions

Welcome to Monday, the 56th anniversary of the premiere of the television soap opera “General Hospital.” Here are some news items to get your week started: — California’s mandatory fingerprinting of lawyers reveals past convictions. — In trial testimony, ex-Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, explains conflicting reasons for leaving Senate. — Pacific Gas and Electric Co.[...]

Mar 25, 2019

Prosecutors drop cases against Trump inauguration protesters

Welcome to Monday, the 385th anniversary of the formal founding of the Maryland colony. Happy Maryland Day! Here are some news items to get your week started: — Prosecutors drop inauguration protest cases. — Prosecutors widen college admissions investigation. — Prosecutor presses for shorter parole and probation, calling supervised release a “tripwire.” — Prosec[...]

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