In the middle of college application season, the most peculiarly timed scandal occurred between multiple major public and private colleges sprinkled throughout the United States. Known as the 2019 College Admissions Scandal, it began with William Singer, the man in charge of delivering the bribes, and falsifying exam scores and biographies of the students histories. Through him, families from affluent backgrounds would pay to get their children to the most competitive schools in the nation. The schools so far discovered in this scandal are as follows: Georgetown, Harvard, Northwestern, Stanford, Wake Forest, Yale, UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, University of San Diego, University of Southern California, and University of Texas at Austin.
This scandal has a wide variety of reactions and opinions to it, but they all tend to miss the target on what this scandal means about the current nature of college in the United States. Typically there are two camps of people: those who are realistically indifferent towards the scandal and those who were outraged at the idea of the wealthy find illegal and morally questionable ways to get their child into a prestigious or high-end university. In my observation, those who were indifferent are realistic because they view college as an investment and currently it has an over inflated value that people are paying into. These people are the ones who go to community college and transfer to four year university because they have not be sold into the other camps mentality that college is the key to prosperity for all. How this relates to the scandal is that the wealthy were not paying for the education of the schools, but the community and, more important, the connections that college may offer to people later in life.
College, as of recent time, has replaced for many church, local community, and sometimes family. People do not communicate with their neighbors, but with their college roommates and other friends from their upper education. It has replaced them all and due to that, it has an a large demand with very little competition. The college scandal reveals that due to this ridiculous pedestal we have placed college education on that people will illegally pay for their kids to get the best prestige they can get for social clout. What the average person should be looking at is the grades of those kids who did not get in based on their merit and see how they succeeded at these prestigious schools. If they did not flunk out or underperform then do these schools really deserve the prestige they get and the price individuals have to pay?
College has been misunderstood and without correction will stay this expensive no matter even if the ridiculous “free college for everyone” should be accepted. College, after this scandal, should not be viewed as the key to success, but the major one chooses. Major means everything when it comes to employment which should be the main goal of upper education. Due to college being an investment, if the career in mind is going to cost more in education than one gets out in the career itself, then it is not a good investment.
This college scandal is not an action done due to the college system of the United States, but the design of college universities caused this scandal in the first place.