Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to all Texas public University Boards of Regents following the U.S. Department of Justice’s investigation into the widespread college admissions bribery scheme. In his letter, the Governor directs the Boards to examine and investigate its admissions policies and procedures to ensure that no university employee engages in fraudulent schemes.
“The Legislature has assigned important responsibilities to the governing boards of Texas’ institutions of higher education, including setting campus admissions standards,” writes Governor Abbott. “Every board must therefore closely examine and investigate its admissions policies and procedures to ensure that no university employee engages in fraudulent schemes, quid pro quo arrangements, or improprieties of any sort. Those students, their parents and taxpayers must have confidence that the system is not rigged.”
The Governor concludes his letter by writing:
“The integrity of the admissions processes at Texas’ institutions of higher education depends upon the unbiased assessment of the merits of each applicant. I expect that all universities will closely examine these issues and safeguard the integrity of the college admissions process.”