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The most overlooked detail of the Wainstein Report

The 3,100 student enrollments in paper classes sounds significant, until it’s compared to the more than 3 million valid student enrollments of the same time period. “The paper class scheme started before some of us were even born and ended before many of us enrolled as students,” Student Body President Andrew Powell said. (USA Today)

Letter: Willingham praise has overlooked her flaws

"UNC should acknowledge the contributions that Ms. Willingham provided while also recognizing that her publicly reported research fell far short of Federal and University standards. The recent attempt to lionize Ms. Willingham is, in my opinion, misguided." Dr. Jeffrey Spang, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics. (Daily Tar Heel)

Accrediting Agency Launches New UNC Probe

UNC faces renewed scrutiny from its accrediting agency in the wake of the Wainstein report. According to the News and Observer, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges (SACS) will be sending university officials notice of a new probe this week. (Chapelboro.com)

Bethel: The Wainstein Report and the (Anti-) Athletics Reform Group

Last Friday, at the Faculty Council meeting, for the first time in my three years as a UNC employee, I was embarrassed to be associated with this university. My embarrassment, however, was not due to the improprieties of a few well-meaning individuals between 1993 and 2011. No, my embarrassment was in response to the cowardice, hypocrisy, and pretentiousness of some outspoken faculty members. (Coaching the Mind)

Some UNC-Chapel Hill faculty call for athletics reform

Some UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members called for changes to the special-talent admissions process and to the time student-athletes can devote to practice and games at a standing-room-only meeting Friday. The meeting was the first UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty Council meeting since the release last week of former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein’s findings of his team’s investigation into academic irregularities in the formerly titled Department of African and Afro-American Studies. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC faculty talk apology, forfeits for sham grades

UNC's Faculty Council met Friday with Chancellor Carol Folt to discuss an investigation that found that university leaders and faculty members missed or ignored red flags over an academic fraud scandal that ran for nearly two decades. Several professors said the school should apologize to Mary Willingham, a former learning specialist who went public with concerns about low reading levels for athletes and bogus grades. (Greensboro News & Record)

Dissecting All the UNC Scandal Hot Takes

The end result of the Wainstein Report fallout is a litany of opinion pieces that plays directly to the middle or lowest common denominator in the audience. It falls into the wheelhouse of those who have plenty of emotion and opinion but a lesser understanding of the complex issues involved . Recently, the hot takes about UNC's scandal have ranged all over the map. Here are some of them. (Tar Heel Blog)

My Carolina Degree Not Devalued by AFAM Scandal

I have a degree from UNC and let me say unequivocally: the AFAM scandal has no impact on the value of my degree. Zero. As an alumnus, I am disheartened by this mess. I am disappointed. I am embarrassed. But I have this range of emotions precisely because the academic malfeasance is inconsistent with my experience, and with most every other student who has matriculated at Chapel Hill. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC students rally, 'speak back' to Wainstein report

Yesterday, more than one hundred students rallied at UNC to “speak back” to the Wainstein report. The stated mission of the rally was to challenge the media’s vilification of the African, African American and Diaspora Studies (AAAD) department and to complicate the findings of the Wainstein report, which organizers said failed to acknowledge the merit of the department and the systemic exploitation of student-athletes. (USA Today)

Roy Williams defends ethics; Swofford says he was unaware of issues at UNC

ACC Commissioner John Swofford said that he chose a career in athletics administration because of his belief in the marriage between academics and athletics. Swofford, who served as the athletic director at UNC from 1980-97 before assuming his current role, and Tar Heels coach Roy Williams faced questions about the failed marriage at UNC during the ACC’s preseason basketball event Wednesday. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Swofford says AFAM scandal ‘never arose any issue’ during his watch as UNC AD

ACC commissioner John Swofford, speaking at the ACC’s Operation Basketball event, did his best to dance around questions concerning UNC and the findings announced last week in a report by independent investigator Kenneth Wainstein. He was especially guarded when asked about his own involvement in the controversy, which began while he was serving as the Tar Heels’ athletic director. (Wilmington Star News)

Jan Boxill replaced as director of ethics center

After being implicated in the University’s athletic-academic scandal Wednesday, Professor Jan Boxill lost her directorship of the Parr Center for Ethics. Boxill was replaced by Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, who was appointed interim director. Philosophy chairman Marc Lange and Sayre-McCord refused to comment on their personal reactions to Boxill’s involvement in the bogus classes within the former African and Afro-American Studies department. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC AD Bubba Cunningham discusses fallout from Wainstein Report

The Wainstein Report was a major blow not only to UNC’s athletic department but also to its reputation as one of the nation’s premier academic institutions. That helps explain why Bubba Cunningham was notably tired when I sat down with him to discuss the report, its findings and what comes next. (Sports Illustrated)

Hey UNC Banner-Chasers and Accreditation-Revokers, Sit Down and Shut Up

To the Banner-Chasers and the Accreditation-Revokers, I have a plea from all of us who are concerned about the academic fraud: “Sit down and shut up!” This issue is too important for hyperbole from the sports media, higher education leaders, or holier-than-thou critics. Let’s rationally examine the issues involved, the culture that supported them, and address needed reforms. (Higher Ed Professor)

Ex-UNC chancellor Moeser: Wainstein report 'shocking'

The former chancellor at UNC during the academic scandal said Monday he was shocked by what investigator Kenneth Wainstein found. Wainstein delivered his report Wednesday in Chapel Hill, detailing problems that stretched over 19 years. James Moeser was chancellor at Carolina from 2000 through 2008 and said what Wainstein found "was shocking to me." (WNCN)

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