Details on Clout Emerge from U of I Admissions Hearing
Abel Montoya told a special commission yesterday how clouted applicants' files were marked with a red stripe to make them stand out.
University trustees, the Chancellor's office, and deansâ€”all made special requests to admit students, Montoya says. But most requests came from the U of I office that interacts with elected officials. Montoya says he saw between 12 and 20 completely unqualified candidates per year admitted due to pressure from higher-ups or the politically connected.
Montoya says the practice made him uncomfortable.
MONTOYA: Well, I'd complain. I would complain to my superiors and say this isn't right. This sucks.
Montoya says around 160 applicants were on the clout list when he left his job last year.