Chairman Scott Statement on College Admissions Scandal

WASHINGTON – Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement in response to a major college admissions scandal in which wealthy parents allegedly used bribery and fraud to game the admissions process at prestigious universities.

“The bribery and fraud uncovered in the college admissions scandal undermines the integrity of our higher education system and robs deserving students of opportunities they have earned. I am grateful to investigators for identifying and stopping this illegal scheme. 

“While all of the defendants are entitled to a presumption of innocence, this is an extreme illustration of a reality in our higher education system: Students from wealthy families and students from poor families are not treated equally. While illegal schemes are maddening and inflammatory, it is the legal and systemic inequality in college admissions and success that ultimately deprives countless students of the chance to reach their potential.”