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Bobbi Owen still under disciplinary review

Bobbi Owen said she wants to be known as a professor of dramatic art. But she’s also one of the key figures implicated in UNC’s athletic-academic scandal, according to the findings of Kenneth Wainstein’s independent investigation. Owen, who served as senior associate dean for undergraduate education from 2005 to 2014, had some knowledge of the paper class scheme. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC's William Roper among top physician executives

Dr. William Roper, 66, has been CEO of the healthcare system at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2004. He’s also dean of the UNC School of Medicine and the university’s vice chancellor for medical affairs. Before joining UNC in 1997, as dean of the School of Public Health, Roper served for three years as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Modern Healthcare)

A Good Professor Is an Exhausted Professor

In higher-ed parlance the herculean act of teaching eight courses per year is what’s known as “a 4-4 load” or, alternatively, a “metric ass-ton” of classroom time. And yet a new bill currently under consideration in the North Carolina General Assembly would require every professor in the state’s public university system to do just that. The results would be catastrophic for North Carolina’s major research universities. (Slate)

Time balance for athletes a struggle, AD says

Limiting time demands on college athletes should be “part of the dialogue,” but the idea might not be an easy sell to some of them, UNC Athletics Director Bubba Cunningham told a group of retired faculty on Tuesday. In college soccer, for instance, participants arrive at UNC accustomed to facing a packed calendar of games, having been “scheduled younger and younger,” Cunningham said. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC Faculty Stands Up To "Unbalanced" Media

We, the undersigned faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, like so many students, staff, faculty emeriti, alumni, citizens of North Carolina, and other supporters of the school, were shocked and angered by the academic scandal revealed in the Wainstein report and the preceding investigations. We are perplexed by the unbalanced treatment of these events in the media. (Move UNC Forward)

NCAA, North Carolina seek dismissal of lawsuit over academic scandal

The NCAA and the University of North Carolina on Monday asked a federal judge in North Carolina to dismiss a lawsuit connected to the academic scandal involving Tar Heels athletes. On Monday, the NCAA said the case should be thrown out, in part, because it did not owe the plaintiffs a duty to prevent academic fraud at UNC. (USA Today)

Senior Associate AD/SWA Dr. Beth Miller To Retire From UNC

UNC Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator Dr. Beth Miller has announced that she will retire from the University on July 1, 2015. “I’ve been fortunate to be part of the University and the North Carolina athletic department for 40 years and it’s been a wonderful experience,” says Miller. “I’ve enjoyed the challenge and opportunity to work with so many outstanding coaches, student-athletes and administrators throughout my career." (GoHeels.com)

Former UNC adviser Mary Willingham receives $335,000 in settlement with school

A former UNC academic adviser who spoke out against lax standards for student-athletes will receive $335,000 in a settlement with the school, the university confirmed Monday. The settlement amount includes Mary Willingham’s legal fees and $40,000 in back pay, while the school will cover mediation costs, according to a copy of the agreement. Willingham does not get her job back. (WRAL.com)

UNC athletics budget: At tourney time, follow the money

As March Madness begins, we’re all seeing again that college sports are a community-bonding experience. But at UNC, they’re also a $75.4 million business that’s expected to end the school year with only a small surplus, according to the Athletics Department’s 2014-15 budget. Broadcast rights, donations and ticket sales are the largest revenue sources for UNC’s program, (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC academic scandal costs Jan Boxill her job

Philosophy lecturer and former Faculty Council Chairwoman Jan Boxill has ended her attempts to keep a job at UNC Chapel Hill after an investigation pegged her as a key player in the “paper classes” scandal. A March 2 letter from Boxill to Provost Jim Dean confirmed that she would resign and file the necessary paperwork to claim her state retirement benefits. UNC released a copy the letter on Thursday. (Durham Herald-Sun)

University Statement regarding Jan Boxill’s resignation

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on March 5, 2015 released the following statement from Rick White, Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications and Public Affairs. (UNC.edu)

UNC chemistry professor: Smith and Willingham must alter approach

This letter was motivated by recent postings on paperclassinc.com/blog, a blog maintained by Jay Smith and Mary Willingham on “athletic reform.” As part of a drumroll to the release of their book, they published postings delineating why UNC can’t move on from our scandal, in which the last aberrant classes were offered nearly four years ago. Obviously, they have a vested interest in keeping the story alive. (Daily Tar Heel)

Bethel: DTH Editorial unfairly represented film

A recent Daily Tar Heel editorial about me exemplifies the very sensationalism and unethical journalism that have motivated me to make a documentary film titled “Unverified.” Hiding behind the anonymity of the editorial board, the writer(s) have flagrantly mischaracterized the purpose of the film and my motivation for making it. The entire editorial is based on the false premise that my blog and my film are attempts to deny any wrongdoing took place related to the infamous paper classes. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Addressing Accreditation

The most serious decision UNC faces in the aftermath of the Wainstein Report isn’t coming from the NCAA. It’s coming from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), which has the power to pull UNC’s accreditation -- but won't. It is extremely rare for any college to lose its accreditation, and would be unprecedented for a research university of UNC’s size and stature. (Inside Carolina)

3 former UNC athletes join McAdoo in lawsuit against school

A former women's basketball player at the University of North Carolina has joined in a lawsuit which alleges the school failed to provide athletes a quality education by guiding them toward sham classes. Kenya McBee has joined the class-action lawsuit filed by ex-football player Michael McAdoo in federal court last November. (Associated Press)

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