Once again, higher education is in the national spotlight. Dozens of people — parents, coaches, consultants, and celebrities — were indicted earlier this week in a massive college admissions scandal that begs questions about whether or not the entire system is rigged to favor the wealthy.

In this special edition broadcast, we’ll discuss the scandal with an esteemed panel of higher education experts. Diving into the many issues this scandal raises, we’ll explore the institution-wide short and longterm repercussions, try to determine where we go from here, and so much more.


This episode is sponsored by Mongoose Cadance

Episode Host

Chris D'Orso

Chris D'Orso

Chris D’Orso is the Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the College at Brockport. A SUNY lifer, he has a B.A. from Geneseo, worked in student activities at Finger Lakes Community College and in admissions and orientation at Old Westbury, before joining Stony Brook, where he ran social media for one of the top public universities in the northeast. He also got his butt kicked on “Jeopardy!,” a defeat he rues to this day.


Eric Hoover

Senior writer, Chronicle of Higher Education

Eric Hoover, a senior writer at the Chronicle of Higher Education has been covering admissions and enrollment issues since 2001. He has written extensively about student recruitment, retention, standardized testing, and college acess. Eric’s work also has appeared in the New Yoek TImes, Washington Post, Washington Monthly, and Nautilus. He was won numerous awards from the Education Writers Association, including the Eddie Award, which honors reporting on challenges facing low-income students. 



Julie Lythcott-Haims

Former dean of freshman at Stanford University and author of How to Raise An Adult and Real American 

Julie Lythcott-Haims is the bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult. She is also the author of Real American. She served as the dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising at Stanford University, where she received the Dinkelspiel Award for her contributions to the undergraduate experience. She holds a BA from Stanford, a JD from Harvard Law, and an MFA in writing from the California College of the Arts. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto and resides in the Bay Area with her husband, their two teenagers, and her mother.


Stefanie Niles

President of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and Vice President for Enrollment and Communications at Ohio Wesleyan University