California colleges use other methods to check on students.
Throughout the University of California, for example, with 164,000 applications a year, up to 10 percent are randomly chosen for verification – and about 30 applications a year are canceled after applicants are asked to provide evidence of claimed achievements.
“We want the student to provide us with that information,” said Han Mi Yoon-Wu, manager of admissions. “We don’t have the bandwidth to use social media in that fashion.”
Nor would it be reliable if they did, said Dianne Klein, a UC spokeswoman. “Anybody can put anything up on the web.”
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