This News and Observer story posted recently proves that the Mayans were right after all! There are actual adults in Chapel Hill.
CHAPEL HILL – A report by a special faculty committee looking into the academic fraud scandal at UNC-Chapel Hill found an athletics program largely divorced from the faculty, academic counselors for athletes improperly involved in helping them enroll in classes and poor oversight of faculty administrators who have wide latitude in running their departments.
The three professors who wrote the report called for an independent commission of outside experts in higher education to review athletics and academics at the university.
As soon as I pick myself off the floor I have some other recent story links to add.
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You can read the entire faculty report here in pdf form.
That document has some tremendous material. Including the conclusion that departments other than AFAM could be involved. And this little nugget that put me right back on the floor:
“We believe that the cumulative effect of the proliferation of committees with limited charges to examine discrete areas of institutional governance has been more confusing than clarifying, and that their conclusions and recommendations will be viewed at best as not comprehensive and at worst self-serving. Further, the repeated revelations in area newspapers of information not previously or clearly reported in the University’s official statements and reports on academic fraud involving athletes on campus undermine the University’s assurances of the comprehensiveness of these reports.”
Stay tuned. I have some other stuff I have not gotten to yet.
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Earlier today this hilarious N & O story shows that the UNC-CH ”football major” curriculum takes distance learning to a new level, as it appears that Professor Nyang’oro was in Africa while he was quote-unquote teaching one of those quote-unquote classes last summer. Maybe he had the whole class with him and it was a field trip!
This piece from big lead sports has some interesting tidbits about the UNC-CH basketball program’s possible involvement in academic shadiness. Specifically, a guy named Wayne Walden is mentioned prominently. It is a very meaty article worth a full read. Here is a quick highlight:
But here’s really why Roy Williams might be faced with tough questions about his program and the academic scandal: Wayne Walden, his academic right hand man at Kansas and UNC.
Walden was with Roy Williams at Kansas. He was the basketball team’s academic adviser for 15 years. Then, when Williams left for UNC in 2003, Walden went with him and filled the same role – academic support for men’s basketball, overseeing scheduling, registration, structured study halls, tutorial services, etc.