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Lette Tipton: Scandals Can Land Nonprofits in Chapter 11 – The Journal of Corporate Renewal

Lette Tipton wrote an article that was published on The Journal of Corporate Renewal titled “Scandals Can Land Nonprofits in Chapter 11.”

Since the college admissions scandal broke in March, it has been nearly impossible to avoid headlines about celebrities and top universities caught up in this tangled web of bribery and deceit. The master puppeteer in this saga, William Singer, has been in the college counseling industry for close to 30 years and allegedly built a business bribing coaches and test proctors and falsifying student resumes, according to criminal charges brought in the case.

According to allegations, for $15,000- $75,000 parents could ensure that their children would achieve higher standardized test scores. Parents were sometimes encouraged to obtain a learning disability waiver for their children to allow them additional time to take the SAT and ACT exams. Students taking the SAT have 180 minutes to complete the three exam sections (reading, writing/language, and math) or 230 minutes if they also take the optional essay section. Students with learning disabilities can receive 50-150% additional time to take the exam. Singer also allegedly bribed proctors in some instances to either correct a student’s answers or pay someone to take the test for a student.

The College Board each year serves more than 7 million students through avenues that include the SAT and the Advanced Placement (AP) program. The nonprofit organization sponsors the development and administration of standardized tests and curricula for grades K – 12 and post­secondary educational institutions in conjunction with Educational Testing Services. Easily the most widely known test it administers, the SAT was first administered in 1926.

While the College Board continues to sponsor the test, the exam is developed, published, and scored by Educational Testing Services, the world’s largest private nonprofit educational testing and assessment organization. Educational Testing Services was founded in 1947 by three nonprofits, the American Council on Education, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teachers, and the College Entrance Examination Board (aka the College Board), to take over the testing activities of its members.

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