College Admissions Scandal Highlights The Disadvantages Students Face | Sunday TODAY

College Admissions Scandal Highlights The Disadvantages Students Face | Sunday TODAY

August 30, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


>>>THIS WEEK OF THE STUNNING COLLEGE SCHEME THAT HAD PARENTS PAYING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO GET INTO WELL-KNOWN UNIVERSITIES. COACHES ACCEPTED BRIBES TO SAY THE STUDENT WAS SPONSORED FOR THE SPORT WHEN THE STUDENT DIDN’T EVEN PLAY THE SPORT. THE STORY SHINES A LIGHT ON WEALTH, PRIVILEGE AND CORRUPTION AROUND THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROCESS. HARRY SMITH SHINES OUR SUNDAY’S SPOTLIGHT ON AN ORGANIZATION THAT ACTUALLY HELPS DISADVANTAGE STUDENTS FINDING THEIR WAY TO A GOOD SCHOOL.>>Reporter: THIS WEEK WE WERE DUMBFOUNDED BY A WHOLE NEW CATEGORY OF MARCH MADNESS.>>WE ARE TALKING ABOUT DECEPTION AND FRAUD. OF WHAT PEOPLE WILL DO TO ENROLL THEIR CHILDREN IN ELITE COLLEGES.>>THE FACT THAT PEOPLE WOULD LIE OR CHEAT OR BRIBE TO WIN A SPOT AT THESE INSTITUTIONS FOR THEIR CHILDREN. IT TELLS YOU THE VALUE OF THESE DEGREES. IT SHINES A LIGHT ON HOW MUCH WE PERCEIVE THESE SPOTS TO BE UNATT UNATTAINABLE.>>Reporter: DEBRA BEALE HAS BEEN HELPING POOR AND WORKING CLASS SCHOOL KIDS GETTING INTO COLLEGES.>>THERE IS SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE WHO DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO THOSE RESOURCES AND WHO WANT A SHOT AND A CHANCE TO GO TO THOSE SAME SCHOOLS.>>WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT RACE AND GENDER.>>Reporter: BEALE IS THE FOUNDER OF THE POSSY FOUNDATION.>>HOW MUCH STUDENTS HAVE YOU SERVED.>>WE SENT OVER 9,000 STUDENTS TO COLLEGE. THEY WON AN ASTOUNDING $1.4 BILLION FROM OUR PARTNER SCHOOLS. THEY GRADUATED OVER 90%.>>THAT’S CRAZY.>>Reporter: PART OF WHAT’S FAILING AMERICA’S FAILING SYSTEM IS DEPENDENCE ON TEST SCORES.>>WE LIMIT OURSELVES WHEN WE SO NARROWLY DEFINE EXCELLENCE. THERE ARE SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE EXTRAORDINARY TALENTED WHO ARE BLACK, NEW IMMIGRANTS OR FIRST GENERATION WHO ARE SMART AND CAN EXCEL AT ANYONE OF THESE INSTITUTIONS. BE BEALE’S STUDENTS SPENT EIGHT MONTHS IN A COLLEGE PROGRAM. WE MET SOME THIS WEEK. THEIR THOUGHTS OF THE CHEATING SCANDAL.>>ALL OF US HERE WENT THROUGH THREE ROUNDS OF INTERVIEWS AND WORKED SO HARD TO GET TO WHERE WE ARE AND TO KNOW THAT PEOPLE OUT THERE BECAUSE THEY HAVE MONEY TO BE WHERE WE WANT TO BE IS SO DISAPPOINTING.>>DOES IT FEEL THAT THE PLAIN FIELD IS NOT EVEN?>>IT FEELS LIKE NO MATTER HOW YOU GO ABOUT THINGS, IT IS GOING TO BE AN UNEVEN GAME.>>Reporter: THE DECK AS IT WERE IN AMERICA IS MORE SEVERELY PITCH FOR SOME THAN OTHERS. ASIA MORALES, SHE WONDERS IF SOME PARENTS AND STUDENTS HAVE LOST PERSPECTIVE.>>REPLAY PLACING ALL THE WEIGHT, OF THE VALUE OF EDUCATION AND WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE USING IT FOR.>>Reporter: IT IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE