An issue of honesty
You might have heard about a month ago that George Washington University has been lying about its admissions process.
I have difficulty writing about this while keeping my temper, so I’ll try to be brief. This is not an issue of one person’s definition versus another’s. This is not an “everybody does it” issue or a “internal process, not a public matter” issue. This is a school that advertised one thing, told it to even its own workers, and then went and did something else.
There’s nothing wrong with considering a student’s ability to pay when you take them in. It sucks, but you have to pay the rent. (And the salary, and the overhead, and benefits, and and and…) But you can’t say “I’m covering my eyes” and then peek through your fingers.
Now, to compound their… it’s not a mistake, it’s an outright lie… they’ve decided to double down on the “Oh, this is just a matter of definition” defense.
No. It’s a lie. Own up, get honest.