Recent FBI investigation shows how the wealthy have paid their way to make sure their mediocre students attend elite schools. Although this may not be shocking to many, the scandal has raised many questions about the college admissions process. Students at Dolphin University Chicago, had a lot to say about the issue, they all requested to keep their identities private.
“A lot of the times it’s not about SAT scores or essays or extracurriculars, it’s about how much money you have and honestly it makes a lot of sense… I’m attending university right now so that one day it is easy for my kids to get into any college they wish!”
“My parents worked super hard to make sure that I got into a school I wanted to go. Anyone can have that amazing privilege if their parents just tried hard enough.”
In efforts to keep the college admissions process fair in light of the recent allegations, the ACT has announced a new section in the ACT. The new “Performance” section is actually not an extra timed session; it is a wealth indicator that Universities can further use in the college admissions process. The wealth indicator has no effect on overall composite score.
ACT officials say that by including this wealth indicator to all students who register for the test, “gives students from all different backgrounds the ability to bribe easily, and in the public eye.” It’s simple, parents are able to show how much money they are able to donate, and as that total gets higher, the indicator score goes up as well. The wealth indicator is for universities to then assess if the extra parental donation will help the student get into college.
Officials also say that their next step is to create incentives to students whose parents donate the most money: a chance to choose a composite score of their choice. Overall these new additions to standardized test will level out the the playing field for all students.
Long gone are the days where only the extremely wealthy can buy their way into college.