Admissions officials react to exposé about transcript fraud and abuse at much-praised private school

Dec 3, 2018 by

After report on abuse at school famous for sending low-income black students to top colleges, admissions officials engage in soul-searching.

By Scott Jaschik –

When Inside Higher Ed wrote about the practice of some high schools posting videos of their students learning that they had been admitted to top colleges, one of the examples was from T. M. Landry College Preparatory School — a student reacting with joy at being admitted to Cornell University.

Videos like that went viral on YouTube and resulted in considerable attention for the Landry School — and donations that helped finance operations there. But Friday afternoon, The New York Times published an exposé about Landry. The small private school stands accused of submitting falsified transcripts and exaggerated letters on behalf of students, many of whom won admission not only to Cornell, but to Brown, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and Yale Universities. Many journalism outlets have praised the Landry School, based on its success in admissions. Here’s but one example, from CBS This Morning.

The Times article quotes students and parents about being encouraged to lie on college applications, and to do whatever Landry officials told them to do. Michael Landry, the founder and leader of the school, reportedly told students and their families that he had a special connection to Harvard officials that would help him get students admitted there (Harvard denies this).

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