The New York Times reports that Marilee Jones, MIT’s undergraduate dean of admissions, has resigned after admitting that she had “misrepresented her academic degrees to the Institute.” Twenty-eight years ago, when she applied for her first position at MIT, she claimed that she had received degrees from Albany Medical College, Union College, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; she had not. She also never corrected the misinformation.
It is ironic that Ms. Jones resigned because she inflated her qualifications. She has been a voice of reason in the college admissions process, arguing that the increasingly intense and all-encompassing competition for coveted admissions spots at top universities is not healthy for teens.
While Ms. Jones in the past has been an advocate for sanity in admissions, unfortunately now, she provides an example of what can happen when one lies in an application, be if for employment or admission. Those untruths can come back to haunt you. They can come back to bite you. In a very big way.