The Operation Varsity Blues scandal has impacted more than just the people who have been arrested and charged in the college bribery cases. Thanks to some high profile people like actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, who were both charged separately for their roles in allegedly using bribery to secure their children's admission to high profile colleges, a greater spotlight has been placed on colleges around the country, causing many administrations to change their admissions process.
There were California universities such as USC and U.C.L.A. that had coaches who allegedly took bribes to place the children of the rich and famous on their sports team rosters, despite those children never participating in their sport throughout their college experience. The University of California, which features nine different campuses for graduate and undergraduate degrees as well as a number of other educational centers across the state has revealed they will be instituting a series of changes in their admissions process in hopes of avoiding any opportunities for fraud or bribery in the future.
University of California president Janet Napolitano told the New York Times about the changes the University would be implementing and why they're so important. She mentioned that UC receives on average, 220,000 applications a year, and after learning that the U.C.L.A soccer coach was allegedly involved in one of the cases, Napolitano said that she "asked our chief audit officer to survey and do a process review of where we were, what improvements could be made to our system to bolster our defenses against others who may try to game the system."
The findings of the audit stated that while the University is "confident that the UC admissions process is effective overall and has established safeguards in place," their goal was to "provide an admissions process that represents a fair and level playing field for all those who apply."
That includes requesting "clearer documentation"] regarding admissions, improved verification protocols, especially in regards to student-athletes, and stronger procedures in all aspects of the admissions process from managing potential conflicts of interest improved IT system access control and making sure everyone is trained properly on all compliance new protocols.
Napolitano reassured the NYT that all students will be fairly and equally evaluated when applying to UC. "I would say to students that we hold ourselves to a very high standard, that we are taking proactive steps to strengthen and protect the integrity of the admissions process and that they will be evaluated on their merits."