University of Illinois trustees begin review

July 23, 2009 2:40:22 PM PDT
University of Illinois trustees are conducting their own internal review concerning the influence of money and political power on student admissions. At the start of their quarterly meeting in Chicago Thursday, trustees said they plan to report their findings soon and offer improved admissions practices they can adopt.

Reading from a prepared statement, University of Illinois Board Chairman Niranjan Shah pledged that university leaders will end any admissions abuses.

"We ask for the patience and support of everyone who has a stake in this University as we work through a focused and deliberative process that will help us create an admissions system that is transparent, free of undue influence and fair," Shah said.

Governor Pat Quinn created the admissions review commission after reports revealed the school maintains a list of politically connected applicants.

Some of those applicants gained admission even though they were less qualified than other students who were turned away.


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