The Wall Street Journal: The Department of Education is investigating schools involved in the college admissions scandal

The U.S. Department of Education has opened preliminary investigations into eight universities whose athletic coaches were allegedly part of the college-admissions cheating scheme being prosecuted by the Justice Department.

The agency is seeking information about the schools’ athletic-recruiting and admissions practices and indicated that even though they haven’t been criminally charged, they’re still under scrutiny.

“The allegations made and evidence cited by the Department of Justice raise questions about whether your institution is fully meeting its obligations” under federal laws, the Education Department said in letters dated Monday and sent to the eight schools.

Fifty people were charged this month for their alleged roles in a scheme by which college consultant William “Rick” Singer said he helped clients fraudulently boost their children’ SAT and ACT scores and bribed coaches to admit applicants as recruited athletes, even when they had little skill in the sport.

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