UNC faculty seeks review of athletics, academics

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A report by a special faculty committee at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is calling for an independent commission of outside experts in higher education to review athletics and academics at the university.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the panel investigating the school's academic fraud scandal found an athletics program largely divorced from the faculty. The report also found academic counselors for athletes improperly involved in helping them enroll in classes and poor oversight of faculty administrators who have wide latitude in running their departments.

The report released on Thursday doesn't criticize UNC's efforts to find out why 54 classes within the African and Afro-American Studies Department had little or no instruction in four years. The classes were enrolled largely with athletes.

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It is time to stop treating these student athletes like both demigods and gladiators. They are students who deserve the same rigorous academic instruction as everyone else, and they deserve to be held to the same academic standards as everyone else. They do not deserve to be pandered to, adulated and smoozed into complacency.

Now, if we consider UNC a training academy for professional athletes then let’s just say so. And make it so, full force. Stop this silliness about going to academic classes and getting a degree. Base the standard of accomplishment for athletes on who makes it to the big show and who doesn’t, and who gets the biggest sign on contracts and so forth. When an athlete comes to UNC, everything taught to that athlete could be focused on making that athlete a successful pro-athlete. Imagine all that money coming in to see these athletes play.

So, let’s just get it straight. These students / athletes deserve better, right? Agreed? So, let’s get real, and either declare them students and treat them as such, or declare them athletes and create a full force program designed to help them succeed at that. At least it would be honest and would serve a purpose. What purpose does all this charade have now?

Just saying,
UNC-CH, Class of '76