New Netflix Documentary Shows Why Companies Need to Stop Overvaluing Academic Pedigree

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The U.S. college admissions scandal that erupted two years ago had reverberations from coast (Yale and Georgetown) to coast (USC, Stanford, UCLA) and had its roots in the misguided belief that an elite education is worth any price, financial or ethical. 

A new Netflix documentary, “Operation Varsity Blues,” focuses on Rick Singer, the person who made a fortune convincing wealthy parents to get their children into top-tier universities by way of his “side door.” His clients — lawyers, hedge fund managers, TV stars — clung to the notion that academic pedigree is everything.

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