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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)

UNC President Tom Ross Ousted By Board of Governors

UNC System President Tom Ross is on the way out. The decision was announced on Friday. Ross will be transitioning out of his role effective January 3, 2016, or when his successor is in place, whichever is later. At a press conference with President Ross and Board Chairman John Fennebresque, it was very clear the timeline the board had in mind for a transition was very different than the timeline Ross had planned. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC system president Tom Ross leaving position

Tom Ross, the 17th president of the University of North Carolina system, is leaving his position, WRAL has learned. Ross was scheduled to speak on his decision in Friday's board of governors meeting. The 64-year-old Ross will leave the school next January, a board member told The Associated Press. The Greensboro native earned a law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. (WRAL.com)

Chicago attorney to help with UNC’s ‘numerous’ legal problems

UNC retained the New York City-based law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom for help with the University’s “numerous pressing legal challenges.” Rick White, associate vice chancellor for communications and public affairs, said partners of the firm will be paid $990 an hour, while associates of the firm will make between $450 and $975. (Daily Tar Heel)

Walden Responds to Wainstein Report

Former men’s basketball academic counselor Wayne Walden said he had no “secret knowledge” of the irregular AFAM classes taken by UNC students from 1993-2011. Walden worked under Roy Williams from 2003-09 and corresponded regularly with Deborah Crowder, the AFAM secretary who was pinned as the orchestrator of independent study classes that offered generous grades without regard to the quality of the submitted work. (Inside Carolina)

Q&A with Bubba Cunningham, Part II

North Carolina director of athletics Bubba Cunningham: "None of us are perfect. Roy’s not perfect, I’m not perfect, none of us are, but I think he has tried to do things the right way his entire career, his entire life. And in 26 or 27 years of being a head coach, no one’s questioned his integrity. I believe in the guy. I think that anybody that has worked with him believes in him." (Inside Carolina)

Q&A with Bubba Cunningham, Part I

There’s a perception amongst the fan base that UNC hasn’t defended itself well enough or responded appropriately to certain criticisms levied at the university. What is your response to that assertion? Do you think UNC has responded appropriately? Bubba Cunningham: “Yes, I think we have. I think we try to inform people of facts. And as I said, people are going to have an opinion..." (Inside Carolina)

Bethel: Emails Reveal Disputes Between Jay Smith and Other Faculty Members

Despite the University's continued stalling over the release of emails between Jay Smith and his co-conspirators, I have obtained some, and they expose his acrimonious disposition and reveal a contentious relationship between him and other faculty members. Although I still do not have nearly all the emails, I have enough to suggest the low regard in which a number of faculty members hold Smith. (Coaching the Mind)

Statement From UNC On Passing Of Stuart Scott

Our hearts go out to Stuart Scott’s family and friends, including his daughters Taelor and Sydni, and his colleagues at ESPN. He loved his home state and his alma mater. Stuart taught us that sports is about joy and laughter, not just achievement and results. More important, he showed us how to fight with dignity and honor. (GoHeels.com)

UNC releases more names of staffers punished in fraud scandal

UNC on Wednesday released the names of two faculty members punished in the wake of an investigation into academic fraud. Former faculty chair Jan Boxill, a philosophy professor, was given a termination notice in October but is challenging the move. Timothy McMillan, a senior lecturer in the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies, also was given a termination notice in October but decided to resign, effective Wednesday. (WRAL.com)

The UNC scandal, Fall 2014 Roundup

I have no true “inside information” to share, but I do have in-depth knowledge of the situation. I was an original member of the Athletics Reform Group (although we have since parted ways); I am an elected member of the Faculty Athletics Committee; and I am a member of the Student-Athlete Initiative Working Group, convened by the Provost. Nothing here is official or on behalf of any of those committees; I’m writing only as myself. (ScatterPlot)

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