Webster University reacts to national admissions scandal

"Find a school where your child is special rather than looking for a special school."

Carol Daniel
March 14, 2019 - 1:36 am
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WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. (KMOX) — Few headlines can shock one university professor but news of a massive college admissions scam did just that.  

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Dr. Eric Rothenbuhler  is Dean of the School of Communications at Webster University.  He says all the evidence shows that it doesn't matter where you go to school it's how you engage with the school that you do go to.  

"How you take advantage of the opportunities that are at every decent university is the key. They're all good places to be. It's how you engage the university and not the prestige or the title of the place."

He suggests helping your child find a campus where they will thrive. "Find a school where your child is special rather than looking for a special school."  

While most parents listening don't have the means to spend a quarter million dollars to bribe someone to get their child into a top school, so-called helicopter parents can have an impact on their child's development.  The Journal of Child and Family Studies reported in 2013 that college students of over-controlling parents reported feeling less satisfied with family life and had lower levels of psychological well-being.