University of Illinois trustees have yet to condemn the president or chancellor for a widespread admissions scandal. Maybe that’s because the trustees are implicated, too.

by E Wayne Ross on July 2, 2009

Inside Higher Ed: Foxes Guard Illinois Henhouse

When state university leaders lose trust on issues of integrity, it’s usually the job of trustees to show them the door. It’s not that simple, however, in Illinois – where nothing ever is.

As daily and damning reports illustrate, the admissions scandal at the University of Illinois has engulfed senior administrators, as well as some of the very trustees who would, under typical circumstances, be making heads roll. Therein lies the quandary: as faculty and lawmakers are learning firsthand, it’s hard for trustees who are themselves implicated in a scandal to fire anyone for their part in it.