Oracle backs up the point that Blockchain technology can solve this issue. According to a recent Oracle Brandvoice Forbes article by Kevin Roebuck, “Blockchain offers a model for the secure collection and sharing of all of your competency indicators, including academic records but also badges, certificates, citations, letters of recommendation, and the like. Think of it as an immutable, updatable and verifiable e-portfolio of your learning-oriented life experiences. For similar reasons, blockchain will be instrumental in avoiding fraud, providing a trusted means to establish that you are who you claim to be.”
Today’s schools are using technology to handle tests and enter grades. My oldest son used iPads in his high school. With the growing use of this technology, it becomes easier to become connected and create these records.
An immutable ledger of transactions can be used by the Department of Education in order to track a students progress in several different areas. That ledger can then be available to college admissions officers in a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, bi-annual and annual basis.
Tom Vander Ark, a Forbes contributor, wrote a piece with assistance from Educause and CB Insights that highlights different use case scenarios for Blockchain’s distributed ledger technology (DLT). He found 26 ways that DLT can be deployed in our education system. One way he discussed was Sony Global Education developed a educational platform in partnership with IBM that uses blockchain to secure and share student records.
Storing a comprehensive learner record on a distributed ledger may prove computationally intensive and, as a result, prohibitively expensive. As Pittinsky predicted, DLT may just be used as a directory rather than a data warehouse.
The more challenging part will be for the athletic departments. Why? Because you would need to create a mutual system of trust between coaches in the recording of results until high school level, where records are mutually kept. Then they will already have a record of what different achievements athletes are having on their schools.
This doesn’t say that other factors will not determine overall admission status. Without going too deep into the technological part, let’s look at:
11 of the MOST SHOCKING things from the “Varisty Blues,” College Cheating Scandal:
- KelleyAnne Conway, White House Senior Advisor, decided it was appropriate to taunt the two Hollywood actresses allegedly involved in the plot on twitter. Her politics and policies aside, isn’t the White House above taunting alleged perps? “Be Best” KelleyAnne “Be Best!”
2. One of the accused, Olivia Jade was on the Yacht of USC Board Chairman, Rick Caruso, traveling to the Bahamas at the time of the governments announcement of the indictments. Caruso is a former attorney.
NOT the Gregory Abbott that wrote, the 1986 hit, “Shake You Down.”
3. The New York Post interviewed Malcolm Abbott, whose parents Gregory and Marcia Abbott allegedly paid $125,000 to inflate his sister’s scores. This is NOT the Gregory Abbott that wrote the 1986 hit, “Shake You Down.” He defended his parents while outside of their New York City Fifth Avenue apartment, while smoking weed and then hawked his own mix tape, according to the New York Post.
4. Will there be buyers remorse? The FBI estimates the scam netted $25 million! Some people paid as high as $6.2 million for the services. Reading through some of the court affidavit there was one person who paid $110,000 for a spot into USC, and when they changed their mind and bailed, someone else behind them paid $500,000 for the same spot.
5. Students were falsely labeled as Disabled to take tests.
6. Students ethnicity were faked to take advantage of Affirmative Action, remember the program most wealthy elites hate, except when they’re using it to get their children in college or obtain fat government contracts.
7. Facebook was literally used to pay for one person’s bribe! Poor Facebook. One student had his parents trade 2,150 shares of Facebook, Inc. stock to pay off their bribe, as told by the indictment. They also wrote it off as a charitable contribution.
8. Adobe isn’t off the hook either! Photoshop was generously used to put the pics of these non-athletic kids on bodies of athletic kids, the ones that earned it, in order for them to skate through admissions committees, such as USC’s athletic committee.
9. Hallmark has terminated their contract with Lori Loughlin for “When Calls The Heart,” because if she’s convicted she no longer fits with their brand. But the cast and producers are still continuing with the show. The show must go on!
10. “This is not TJ Maxx or Marshall’s or something like that,” is how one of the defendants chided one of the overeager-parents who thought all they had to do was handover $160,000 to the Stanford sailing coach. This reminds me of the Jack Nicholson line in “The Departed.” When his thug cannot believe the police found the body of one of their own dead and laughed, Nicholson chided him, “This ain’t reality TV!!”
11. Uh Uh Oh, Green Giant. One young student had his 5’5″ magically inflated to 6;1″ for USC. I’m not sure how anyone thought this was a good idea? But most of the time, students whose parents used this bribery system were assured that their children need only attend the athletic
And your bonus because, just because:
12. Ruh Ro! Huffman had arranged for her daughter to take a college PSAT test as a disabled child. But instead of her daughter going to the designated testing center arranged by the company, her daughter’s high school counselor decided to proctor the test. The indictment stated, “Huffman forwarded the email to CW-1 with the note, ‘Ruh Ro! Looks like [my daughter’s high school] wants to provide their own proctor.”
Really, Blockchain can fix all of this kind of mess and encourage parents to pay for tutors and instructors instead of bribes!