Dean at M.I.T. Resigns Ending a 28-Year Lie


Marilee Jones, the dean of admissions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, became well known for urging stressed-out students competing for elite colleges to calm down and stop trying to be perfect. Yesterday she admitted that she had fabricated her own educational credentials, and resigned after nearly three decades at M.I.T. Officials of the institute said she did not have even an undergraduate degree.

Ms. Jones is the author of the book:

"Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond," written with a pediatrician, Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg. The book had added to her reputation as a kind of guru of the movement to tame the college admissions frenzy.

"Less Stress, More Success" addresses not only the pressure to be perfect but also a need to live with integrity.

Holding integrity is sometimes very hard to do because the temptation may be to cheat or cut corners,†it says. "But just remember that 'what goes around comes around,' meaning that life has a funny way of giving back what you put out."

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This seems like a very talented and productive woman, and also embarassing evidence that the ritual of college degrees man not, in some cases, be necessary for a productive academic life. Her resignation will be everyone's loss.