Saturday, March 1, 2014

"Bloomberg article is a must-read for those interested in discovering the lengths that major universities will go to..."

Bloomberg Business Week Article: In Fake Classes Scandal, UNC Fails Its Athletes—and Whistle-Blower
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GAP's thoughts on it: This Bloomberg article is a must-read for those interested in discovering the lengths that major universities will go to keep the perception that their sports programs are infallible, even if it means smearing and sparring with truth-tellers who have previously been proven correct.

Key Quote: The impulse to kill the messenger hasn’t receded, however. During his visit to New York, [UNC Vice Chacellor & Provost Jim] Dean said of Willingham: “She’s said our students can’t read, our athletes can’t read, and that’s a lie.”

Dean grossly distorted Willingham’s statements. What she’s said is that 18 out of the 183 special admit athletes whose records she assessed read at roughly a third-grade level. An additional 110 of the athletes, she said, read at between fourth- and eighth-grade levels. She never said that most, let alone all, of the 800 athletes at UNC are illiterate, and she said nothing at all about the other 18,000 undergraduates.

When challenged, Dean conceded he’d misspoken. He also admitted that he doesn’t really think Willingham is a liar and assumes she means well. But would he similarly qualify his assault on Willingham back in Chapel Hill?

also, UD highlights the part that makes one wonder about the academic freedom aspects

and then think about: the UC battle of the student athlete grad rates papers earlier
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some in the CA Leg agree the tuition is too damn high- they -maybe-get some help with it-unfortunately, a story involving UC alumni --LA Times on the details
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Cal Buzz with a take on it, too
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earlier...an education angle, too?

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