The admissions process for non-scholarship athletes at U.S. colleges and universities figures to be getting a makeover following the college bribery scandal that recently rocked the nation, The Wall Street Journal reported.
"I think you're going to see extremely improved processes to give the coaches far less autonomy and discretion," Adam Ingersoll, co-founder of the the test-prep company Compass Education Group and a former student-aid in the University of Southern California admissions office, told the Journal.
"If you're being scrutinized, you cannot fake a kid's prowess in a sport for very long."
The vetting and follow up of applicants competing for college admission and spots on collegiate teams are now under intense scrutiny as a result of the bust, experts agree, because it was just too easy to game the system.
"I'm not surprised at the holes in the system," AcceptU college counselor Jamie Moynihan, a former admissions officer at two Division I schools, told the Journal.
"I'm not a volleyball expert. The coach is the expert. So, if they're telling me, I've got to assume that's what it is."
With coaches limited in their athletic scholarships, teams were forced to admit students to fill out squads, and the admissions process is far more stringent for students who do not play a sport, leading to the alleged corruption and bribery scandals, according to the report.
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