The campus of the University of Southern California, one of the schools under investigation. Photo: Allen J. Schaben/LA Times via Getty Images
While the dozens of adults charged in Operation Varsity Blues — the college entrance scheme involving large bribes and parents Photoshopping their kids’ heads onto the bodies of athletes for bogus sports applications — await their fates, the United States Department of Education, helmed by Secretary Betsy DeVos, has set its sights on a new target: the elite schools that admitted students fraudulently in the first place.
Federal education officials on Monday notified eight universities that they each faced a “preliminary investigation” stemming from the criminal charges announced earlier this month. “The