Beyond the college cheating scandal

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College Cheating: What's the right way in?

The U.S. Department of Justice charged 50 people last month in a multi-million-dollar scheme that allowed rich parents to cheat the college admissions system. By faking standardized test scores and bribing athletics officials, those parents managed to get their kids into elite schools like Georgetown, Stanford, Yale, and USC.

But what if you don't want to commit a crime but still want to succeed in life? What's the plan?

With Jon Fortt this week: Michael Reilly, executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers; C.J. Farley, author of the new book Around Harvard Square, and the father of two teenagers; Adam Brownlee, an investment theory instructor at Western Kentucky University who has done the math on whether an Ivy League degree is worth the cost; and CNBC wealth editor Robert Frank.

Also on the podcast: Frank Calderoni is the CEO of software company Anaplan, and he's the former CFO of companies including Cisco, Red Hat and SanDisk.

Fortt Knox is a weekly podcast from CNBC anchor Jon Fortt. Previous episodes of the program can be found here.