What a story: Rich people will do anything to get their spoiled children into prestigious colleges that reflect as well on the parents as it does on their children? I am so, totally, hmm — not shocked.

The scandal that broke Tuesday — involving 50 federal indictments in a scheme of bribes and cheats by which Hollywood actors and other wealthy people tried to get their kids into college — exposes an admissions system that’s rigged. I’ve been drawing that system, and its cracks, for decades. Some cartoons are so old, I only drew them in black and white. My drawings didn’t anticipate the exact current scandal, but having sent two kids through the admissions process, I am not surprised. I just love that our good old entrepreneurial country saw a need and filled it — albeit with an interlocking directory of corrupt SAT proctors, college coaches, and status-seeking parents.

Some of my cartoons came from the Philadelphia Daily News. Others were inspired by my experiences while touring campuses with my own kids (“rock climbing wall on the left, vegan residence on right, trillion dollar new science center straight ahead”), which informed several weeks of drawings for my (now defunct but available on GoComics) comic strip, Family Tree.

Moving forward, I anticipate much highly paid hand-wringing from our elite universities and colleges — and very little change.

November 8, 1996: Critics of affirmative action often draw attention to racially based admissions criteria, but not other forms of preference considered in admissions, including parent donations, political connections, and athletics.
March 5, 2001.
January 17, 2003.
April 19, 2010: The huge and climbing cost of admissions is part of the problem.
Signe Wilkinson
April 19, 2010: The huge and climbing cost of admissions is part of the problem.
2010, from Family Tree.
Signe Wilkinson
2010, from Family Tree.
2010, from Family Tree.
Signe Wilkinson
2010, from Family Tree.
June 24, 2016.
Signe Wilkinson
June 24, 2016.