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UNC, former adviser Mary Willingham settle lawsuit

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has settled a lawsuit by a former academic adviser who spoke out against lax academic standards for student-athletes. Terms of the settlement between the school and Mary Willingham, which a mediator helped broker, weren't disclosed. The deal still must be approved by a federal judge. (WRAL.com)

Bethel: The Truth Is In the Annual Reports

A year ago today, I published "Truth and Literacy at UNC," my first essay challenging Mary Willingham's false claims about UNC athletes. Documents recently released in response to a public records request further demonstrate that Willingham has embellished and fabricated much of her narrative about UNC athletics. (Coaching the Mind)

Why Nyang'oro Didn't Have to Grade His Papers

Bradley Bethel's guest blogger, Don Brown, is a former Navy JAG officer and the author of several military thrillers: As the facts revealed in the Wainstein Report are digested, and as other facts come to light, it becomes more and more apparent that all the hoopla over “fraud” and “scandal” and “fake classes” and other such nonsense will prove to have been egregiously overblown. (Coaching the Mind)

BOG Committee Recommends Shutting Centers at UNC

The UNC Board of Governors Working Group on Centers and Institutes met Wednesday morning to discuss recommendations the committee will be making to the full board next week. Those recommendations include closing the Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity at UNC in the next 12 months. (Chapelboro.com)

The state of independent studies at post-Wainstein UNC

The history of the athletic-academic scandal was well-documented in the Wainstein report, but its effect on the future of independent studies is yet to be determined. Kenneth Janken is a professor and the director of undergraduate studies for UNC’s Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies. (Daily Tar Heel)

Bradley Bethel And Harold Gutmann: Getting To The Crux Of The UNC Academic Scandal (audio)

Bradley Bethel and Harold Gutmann discuss the key issues surrounding the academic scandal at North Carolina. Who knew what when? What more is there to know? (Inside Carolina)

UNC Votes for NCAA Autonomy

The five power conferences in the NCAA, including the Atlantic Coast Conference, have voted in favor of autonomy when determining guidelines governing student athletes. The decision was made at a meeting with university leaders from around the nation. UNC Chancellor Carol Folt says the conference included 80 members, one from each of the 65 universities in the power conferences along with 15 students. (Chapelboro.com)

Carolina innovation creates jobs, revenue

Startups are a booming business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. More than 150 North Carolina companies have spun out of UNC, many from the University’s research. They generate more than $7 billion in revenue in the state each year, providing nearly 8,000 jobs to residents and 38,000 jobs worldwide. (UNC.edu)

UNC Launches New Research Venture Fund

UNC officials announced the formation of the Carolina Research Venture Fund, at a Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday. Board member Sallie Shuping-Russell, who is also a managing director at BlackRock – the world’s largest asset manager, made the announcement during an Innovation and Impact Committee meeting. She says the purpose of the fund is to help startup companies get off the ground. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC, NCAA sued for academic scandal

Attorneys representing two former UNC athletes on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the university and the NCAA in connection with the academic scandal involving Tar Heels athletes. The suit, which seeks to become a class action, was filed in a North Carolina state court on behalf of women's basketball player Rashanda McCants and football player Devon Ramsay. (USA Today)

Folt: Accreditation review gave UNC-CH chance to study academic changes

Chancellor Carol Folt said Wednesday that answering questions from an accreditation organization has given UNC officials a chance to examine reforms the school put in place in the wake of an academic fraud scandal. In a report submitted last week to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, UNC officials asked that the group find them in compliance with various accreditation standards. (WRAL.com)

UNC Responds to Accreditation Commission

UNC-Chapel Hill has responded to an accreditation agency regarding the academic scandal outlined in the Wainstein report. In the 223 page response, the university noted that they have changed leadership in a number of administrative roles including athletics director and several associate deans in the college of arts and sciences. (TWC News)

Carolina announces 10th consecutive record for first-year applications

With the close of the final deadline for first-year admission for Fall 2015, UNC at Chapel Hill announces a 10th consecutive record for first-year applications—an increase of 2 percent over last year and 37 percent over five years ago. The 31,848 first-year applicants came from 99 counties in North Carolina, all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and 113 countries outside the United States. (UNC.edu)

UNC seeks clearance from accreditation group

The University of North Carolina has told an accreditation organization that it has undertaken numerous reforms in recent years to ensure academic fraud doesn't recur at the school. In a 224-page report submitted last week to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, UNC-Chapel Hill officials asked that the group find them in compliance with various accreditation standards. (WRAL.com)

Cunningham: Cost of attendance is very important

Ahead of the annual NCAA Convention in Washington D.C., Mandy Mitchell sat down with North Carolina Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham to discuss the new autonomy rules and what that means for the NCAA going forward. Cunningham: "15 years ago we had one school one vote. Now with he new autonomy 65 schools have the chance to vote on legislation that effects how we run intercollegiate athletics." (WRAL Sports Fan)

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