Journalist says college admissions scandal highlighted issue of economic inequality

Journalist Jodi Enda said on "What America's Thinking" on Friday that the recent college admissions scandal has highlighted the issue of economic inequality in the U.S. 

"One of the biggest legs up for any kid is going to a good college," Enda, editor-in-chief of ThinkProgress, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons. "Going to a more elite college might not give you a better education, it might, but it does bring you into a network of people that can help you later on." 

"You can really see that in Washington, in New York, and in other big cities. If you go to Medill, if you go to Northwestern, and you're in Chicago, you're golden," she said. "Who needs the help more than kids who are from lower-income families?" 

Roughly 30 parents were charged this month as part of a scam that aimed to get students admitted to elite universities by forging athletic records, bribing coaches and cheating on college entrance exams.

Many of the parents involved in the scam, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, are wealthy. 

Multiple lawsuits related to the case have been filed, including a suit from two Stanford University students who are arguing they were not given equal admission opportunity. 

“Unqualified students found their way into the admissions rolls of highly selective universities, while those students who played by the rules and did not have college-bribing parents were denied admission," the complaint reportedly says. 

— Julia Manchester