News Observer – A sobering independent investigation into academic fraud at UNC-Chapel Hill released Wednesday prompted Chancellor Carol Folt to commit to holding accountable all current university staff implicated in the report, including initiating termination against four and disciplinary review for another five.
A system of no-show classes was pushed by academic counselors for athletes, hatched and enabled by two sympathetic officials in a key department and employed by coaches eager to keep players eligible, the report on the new investigation into the long-running scandal said.
The 18-year scheme generated inflated grades through lecture-style classes that had been quietly converted into bogus independent studies. The report, released Wednesday afternoon, found a new culprit: the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes.
Kenneth Wainstein, a former top U.S. Justice Department official, found that the academic counselors had pushed for the easy classes and embraced those started by Deborah Crowder, a longtime manager for the Department of African and Afro-American Studies. The report describes a fairly broad group of academic and athletic officials who knew about athletes getting better grades in classes that required only papers, yet took little or no action.
From 1993-2011 there were “paper classes”
Over 3,100 students affected
47.4% were student-athletes
50.9% of those were football players
Many “steered” to classes by academic counselors
Some tutors wrote papers for athletes
Many knew or should have known about paper classes
Poor UNC. How long have they been enduring this bloodbath? Feel like it’s been 3 straight years of getting dragged through the mud and stomped on. For what? Athletes not going to class? Getting preferential treatment? Doing literally zero work and having grades handed to them by teachers who were in on it to help them play? Who cares. Everyone who packed the Dean Dome when they were #1 in the country or Kenan Memorial when they were in the top 25 should know exactly what it takes to get there. Ain’t nobody come there to play school. They came to win national championships and make electrifying plays for Sportscenter.
Sure, maybe not even trying to hide it and flaunting it in everyone’s face kind of ended up leading to their downfall.
Do kind of respect how literally EVERYONE was on board though. Talk about fostering a collaborative campus atmosphere.