Saturday, October 18, 2008

The perils, once again, of the passive voice

The headline led me to believe this was another old-school Chicago scandal but it's apparently just shameless bribery at work.

2 comments:

Monica Edinger said...

And how about those Baylor kids who got bucks for retaking the SATs?

Roger Sutton said...

Wow, Monica, that scheme was positively baroque! Baylor offered accepted freshman a few hundred dollars in bookstore credit to retake the SAT, and a thousand if their scores went up fifty points. Baylor claimed it was a way to distribute leftover scholarship money; critics said it was a way to raise the average SAT score of accepted students, thus potentially plumping Baylor's rating in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. Baylor has now discontinued the program.