At USC, the dean of medical school smoked methamphetamine and attended parties that included drug use and sex workers. The gynecologist has been accused of sexual assault by hundreds of women. Some sports coaches have accepted bribes from parents to admit their children to college.
“Did USC appoint people with a good moral compass? In the case of the medical school and the school of social work, allegedly, and the gynecologist, I don’t think so, ”says Scott Jaschik, editor-in-chief of Inside Higher Ed.
In the case of Carmen Puliafito, former dean of USC’s Keck School of Medicine, he was a tremendous fundraiser. But that doesn’t justify his actions, and USC can find better people who can fundraise, Jaschik says. “I think in many universities there is a problem that people who raise a lot of money are presumed to be able to do whatever they want. But this is not true.
What is it about USC that is attracting all of these scandals – as opposed to similar universities? Jaschik says that because USC has progressed so quickly, he’s susceptible to issues like these.
However, he notes that not all Trojans behave badly, and that the vast majority of USC faculty and students are good people who do a good job.
But because USC continues to make the news for corruption, how does that affect its reputation in general?
“Yes, it can only affect reputation as people hear about another scandal. And they still remember that the admissions scandal was right in the news with a trial of the two fathers, and before that with the various guilty pleas of the actresses and various other parents. So yes, people are aware of it, ”says Jaschik.
However, future students’ decisions about their participation in USC will not be affected, he suggests. “USC has been very aggressive in legal admissions, preying on talented students, recruiting many more students off the West Coast, outside of California. Will they lose a few? May be. But this should not affect the overall decisions to be made. I think USC can pay more for professors than for students.
As for people who might consider a new job at USC, Jaschik says, “If you go into the biology department and there hasn’t been a scandal in biology, and so, you might decide that it doesn’t. doesn’t really matter. But the most talented people are recruited by several institutions, perhaps several institutions in California. And so they have a choice. And now wouldn’t be a good time to expand an offering from USC.