The University of Illinois' favoritism toward students backed by powerful sponsors must come to an end, the principal enforcer of the campus' secret admissions system testified Monday.
Chancellor Richard Herman took responsibility for the special treatment given to students with political connections but weak academic credentials. He also acknowledged trying to mitigate damage to the law school by seeking jobs for graduates and thereby improving the school's job-placement rate.
During his more than two hours of testimony before a state commission investigating admissions abuses, Herman described the practice as "not equitable and transparent."
"I deeply regret that and firmly believe the system for handling external inquiries must be reformed," said Herman, the top administrator of the Urbana-Champaign campus since 2005. He later said, "We have to fix it."