A University of Illinois business school applicant who reportedly had to retake some undergraduate courses after initially failing them, and who graduated from an overseas school that the UI was unable to confirm was accredited, ultimately was admitted to the UI after a trustee inquired about the student's admission.
The state commission investigating admissions practices at the university focused Wednesday on one particular admissions case, the UI Trustee Niranjan "Shah-sponsored MBA applicant," as Ted Chung, general counsel to Gov. Pat Quinn, called it.
The student's application was rejected at three different stages of the admissions process, according to testimony by Jaquilin Wilson, the admissions director of the Illinois MBA program. Wilson said she knew of no other time when a student who was denied admission after all those reviews later gained admittance to the program.