As a parent of a Stanford student I was excited to be part of the Stanford community on Parent’s weekend in February 2016.  As I attended various lectures, talked to students and faculty, listened to the president and the provost speak I scouted to learn what it takes to help my students get into Stanford.  The one thing that stood out for me was the question of leniency for the athletes.  There is none.  Stanford will not lower it’s academic standards to give way to athletes.  This is encouraging for academics like me.  I have always said to my students that “At the end of the day a respectable college is an academic institution”.  I was pleased to hear the president agree with this notion.