by Andrew Gillen
Jacques Steinberg writes about a ridiculous industry charging families an average of 185 an hour for help in applying to college. One such person is Michele Hernandez, who charges more than $40,000 and says "It’s annoying when people complain about the money".
In the words of Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, "I guess there are snake oil salesman in every field... and they are preying on vulnerable and anxious people.”
The whole situation is disgusting. At best, the customers are victims of fraudsters who've come up with an elaborate con. At worst, they are actually getting what they think they are (a better chance of getting into top schools), and making a mockery of the supposed meritocracy of higher ed in the process.