ADMISSIONS REVIEW PANEL ISSUES REPORT

A panel commissioned to review admissions policies at the University of Illinois (U of I) issued its final report August 6, which calls for the resignation of the U of I Board of Trustees.

In its report, members of the Illinois Admissions Review Commission stated that trustee members should resign, allowing Governor Pat Quinn to decide what members to reappoint to the board and who should fill any vacancies. The Commission also called on the new board to conduct a thorough review of the role played by U of I President B. Joseph White and Chancellor Richard Herman in the “shadow admissions process.”

More than 800 undergraduate applicants, as well as law and business school candidates, received preferential treatment through the process, which was called “Category I.” These students were admitted to the state’s flagship university because of their ties to prestigious individuals, such as elected officials, wealthy donors, and university trustees. 

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