University, state leaders left reeling after article exposes unfair practices - KMOV.com

University, state leaders left reeling after article exposes unfair practices

University President B. Joseph White will meet with his staff and the leaders of the admissions office Monday morning to discuss possible issues in the admissions system.

The meeting is in response to an investigation by the Chicago Tribune that reported on possible unfair admissions practices.

On Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reported that White, Chancellor Richard Herman and many members of the Board of Trustees played a role in a "secret clout list" to admit students to the University based on their relationships with politicians, lobbyists or administrators, rather than their academic merits. The report included an admissions request for relative of convicted Antoin " Tony" Rezko that was forwarded on behalf of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

These special applicants were put on a special "Category I" list to be tracked by politicians and trustees.

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