UNC admits ‘academic failures’

by Parth Shah

Although it’s a new year, the news at UNC is still dominated by a familiar topic.

Earlier this month, CNN released an investigation that concluded athletes at UNC and other major public universities read at levels well below those of non-athletes. Mary Willingham, an academic advisor at Carolina, told C-N-N that her research found that between eight to ten percent of UNC football and basketball players read below a 3rd grade level.

The reaction from UNC leaders was strong and swift. Provost Jim Dean called Willingham’s claims “a travestry,” and Carolina’s Institutional Review Board ordered Willingham to stop her research pending a review.

Parth Shah attended this week’s Board of Trustees meeting where the issue dominated the agenda.


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