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Wainstein Report Details AFAM Fallout

Former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein’s 131-page report told a narrative based on former AFAM department administrator Deborah Crowder's testimony in which she created a “shadow curriculum” – paper classes with no faculty member involved in managing the course – to “lend a helping hand to struggling students.” (Inside Carolina)

Highlights of the Wainstein Report

Kenneth Wainstein released the results of his investigation into the UNC AFAM paper class scandal. The report is a very thorough laying bare of the AFAM scandal including the roles of administrative assistant Deborah Crowder, former department head Julius Nyang'oro and various other individuals at UNC. (Tar Heel Blog)

Probe reveals scope of academic fraud at UNC

More than 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes — enrolled in classes they didn't have to show up for and received artificially inflated grades in what an investigator called a "shadow curriculum" that lasted nearly two decades at the University of North Carolina. The report released Wednesday by former high-ranking U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein found more far-reaching academic fraud than previous investigations. (Associated Press)

UNC report: Sham classes pushed

An report commissioned by UNC says school academic advisers steered athletes into sham classes over an 18-year period, but does not directly implicate coaches or athletic administrators in the scheme. The report, released Wednesday, says academic advisers in UNC's athletic department colluded with a manager in the African and Afro-American Studies department to take classes to boost their grade point averages and keep them eligible. (ESPN.com)

Wainstein’s report into irregular classes released

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Wednesday announced the results of an independent investigation conducted by former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein into past academic irregularities at Carolina and took immediate action to address the findings. Wednesday’s actions build on the reforms already undertaken in the years since first learning about the issues. (UNC.edu)

Wainstein Report Primer

Kenneth L. Wainstein is a former Department of Justice attorney now in private practice for a firm in Washington, DC. He has a long history of conducting various internal investigations at corporations. Prior to starting his probe into UNC's academic scandal, Wainstein investigated whether NCAA Enforcement officials acted improperly during the Miami football violations case. (Tar Heel Blog)

Bethel: Mary Willingham's "Literacy before Legacy" Campaign

Monday Mary Willingham launched "Literacy before Legacy," a campaign to raise $120,000 to establish a literacy program for college athletes. Furthermore, she hopes to begin the program in January 2015, less than three months from now, though she has offered no details on how the program would be structured or who would be part of her "team of experts." (Coaching the Mind)

Chancellor Folt Announces Live Wainstein Webcast

Dear Carolina Community, I want to be the first to let you know that this Wednesday at 1 p.m., Kenneth Wainstein, a former federal prosecutor who we retained to investigate past academic irregularities at Carolina, will publicly release his report. At that event, UNC President Tom Ross and I will share our reactions to the report, our plans for responding, and also answer questions from the media. There will be a live webcast of Mr. Wainstein’s presentation on Wednesday. (UNC.edu)

Wainstein Report Set to be Released

UNC will release the findings of Kenneth Wainstein's investigation this week, according to sources. University administrators are planning to host a press conference on Wednesday in conjunction with the release of the report, sources confirmed. UNC retained the services of Wainstein, a former federal prosecutor, to conduct an investigation into academic irregularities and any possible connection to the athletics department. (Inside Carolina)

UNC-Chapel Hill faculty speak out on athletics issues

UNC faculty member Jay Smith voiced concern at an athletics-focused forum Wednesday about the move to grant more decision-making autonomy to the NCAA “Big Five” athletics conferences. The forum was the first of two public listening sessions by the UNC Faculty Athletics Committee this fall to allow faculty and others in the university community to voice opinions on athletics issues. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Lawyer seeks to name UNC administrators in Willingham suit

The attorney for former UNC-Chapel Hill learning specialist Mary Willingham is seeking to add Chapel Hill administrators to the retaliation lawsuit that she filed against the school and UNC system. In the lawsuit, Willingham claimed that she faced retaliation in violation of her First Amendment rights and of a state whistleblower law for raising concerns about alleged unethical treatment of student-athletes at UNC. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Rams Club ups annual dues, but not due to autonomy

When the UNC Educational Foundation (Rams Club) unveiled a new dues structure this week, my immediate reaction was that the price of autonomy is hitting faster than anyone expected. But that’s not the case, according to Rams Club Executive Director John Montgomery. (WRAL Sports Fan)

New search warrants released in UNC sports agent investigation

New search warrants released Friday show how Georgia-based sports agent Terry Watson allegedly funneled money and gifts to UNC football players in an attempt to get them to sign with him. North Carolina law requires agents to register with the Secretary of State's office and prohibits offering gifts to entice athletes to sign representation contracts. (WTVD)

Bethel: The Perils of Publicity, Indeed

On way or another, Jay Smith wants to get me. In April, he notified the Provost that I appeared mentally unstable. Today, Smith accused me of plagiarizing him for my articulating a phrase that has been used countless times and is at least as old as a March 1927 issue of The Marine Corps Gazette. Jay Smith is an illustration of why many outside academia question the tenure system. (Coaching the Mind)

The Education of Bradley Bethel: On the Challenges of Speaking Truth in a Media-Saturated World

Just over seven months ago, after an anxious weekend of writing and editing, I published "Truth and Literacy at UNC," my first essay challenging Mary Willingham's false claims and subverting the media's sensationalized narrative. When I decided to write that essay, I expected it would be my only contribution to the public debate over the UNC scandal. (Coaching the Mind)

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