What Secondary Schools Can Do in the Wake of the College Admissions Scandal
The Justice Department’s largest college admissions prosecution has put college consultants in the spotlight. While these admissions consultants generally are hired directly by parents as third-party consultants and have no affiliation with schools, secondary schools may justifiably be rattled by the implications of the charges and, as a result, wondering what they can do to limit their schools’ risk.
Secondary schools are no doubt aware that parents may supplement a school’s college counseling services with private, third-party consultants. Administrators may be concerned about their school’s exposure when parents engage outside consultants who provide fraudulent, illegal services. Certainly, the Department of Justice’s recent indictment implicating Edge College & Career Network, coaches, school administrators, and parents will bring further scrutiny to the college consulting industry. In the wake of this prosecution, high schools may want consider the following:
- Is the college counseling office aware of any families who engaged Edge College & Career Network specifically?
- Is the college counseling office aware of any inconsistencies in standard testing or application procedures generally?
- If a school hires proctors to administer standardized tests, has the school conducted reasonable due diligence on the background of these proctors?
- Does a school have a draft communications plan to address these questions if asked?
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