As if paying off administrators to accept academically unqualified students is something new. You only need to look at football and basketball programs where high school star jocks become college students with no academic qualifications.
They spend their college years without needing to attend classes, because their playing brings in big bucks to the colleges. They qualify for skills that not only get them admitted, but assurance that they’ll graduate and go on to fabulously overpaid pro careers.
And speaking of rich kids who got into college by paying off the administrators. How about the 1960s tale of a tow-headed, bone-spurred young student who was accepted by the University of Pennsylvania after, it has been rumored, his billionaire daddy made a substantial contribution.