Eighth Meeting of University of Illinois Admissions Review Committee

Do you think we can help (name redacted)... I am to visit his family next week in India. May be (sic) he can be on probation during first year.”

— Niranjan Shah, Chairman of University of Illinois Board of Trustees in email to U of I Chancellor Richard Herman


I. Call to Order and Introductory Remarks
II. Public Testimony
A. Lawrence DeBrock, Dean, College of Business, University of Illinois
B. Jaquilin Wilson, Illinois MBA Director of Admissions
C. Bill Morrison, Highland Park High School
D. Dr. Sidney Micek, University of Illinois Foundation
III. Discussion
IV. Concluding Remarks

The president of the University of Illinois Foundation said Wednesday said he doesn't believe the UI has done anything wrong with respect to admissions.

Sidney Micek said he can't estimate how many contacts there have been from donors requesting information about admissions.

Micek, the UI Foundation president for 9 1/2 years, said such requests sometimes are sent to the chancellor or president's office.

But he said the foundation's role is "not to be involved in the admissions decision-making process," but passing information along "as a courtesy."

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.