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|Boland Calling on University of Illinois President, Others to Resign Amid Reports of Admissions List of Special Interest Applicants
|A state lawmaker from the Quad Cities is placing the blame for the admissions scandal at the University of Illinois on university trustees and administrators.
The university found ways to admit otherwise under-qualified applicants when inquiries came from politicians. For this, trustees and administrators are at fault, says State Representative Mike Boland (D-East Moline), the chairman of the House Higher Education Committee.
Boland says the president and trustees failed in their job to protect the university, and they should resign. Asked whether the politicians applying pressure are at fault too, Boland said they're equally culpable, but they must answer to voters at the next election.
Boland insists that the so-called Category 1 admissions process be abolished and that admissions procedures be standardized, published and adhered to. He also wants hearings into how long this back-door admissions channel has been in existence.
Boland says the hearings must be conducted by lawmakers, because university trustees may be the culpable parties. House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago), without whose consent a hearing will not occur, is among the politicians listed most often as the clout behind a Category 1 admission to the U-of-I.
Boland says constituents have never asked him to intercede on behalf of a University of Illinois applicant. Boland himself attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette , Iowa . He says he never applied to the University of Illinois . He was an Iowa resident when he was entering college.
Boland made his remarks Sunday at a news conference at the Thompson Center in Chicago.
(Illinois Radio Network)
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