Between 2004 and 2012, 34 of 341 UNC athletes in revenue sports
had SAT reading scores (or equivalent ACT scores) less that 400
where 200 is the minimum score. This is far below the UNC 25th
percentile of 550. Given reports of "paper classes", plagiarism,
unauthorized help, and strenuous efforts to keep athletes
eligible, UNC's claim that "20 have graduated or remain enrolled
in good standing" must be taken with a grain of salt.
These admissions have come to light, mainly because of the
criticisms of Mary Williamham, who previously worked with many
UNC athletes. Willingham has been vilified by many, including
Provost James Dean, who called her research "a travesty".
Nevertheless, Bradley Bethel, a Willingham critic, privately
shared similar concerns with the Chancellor. Regarding the
Willingham data, the faculty council minutes state
a: "the administration did not have the dataset prior to the last
b: "the test that was administered to the student-athletes was a
reading vocabulary subtest"
c: "claims about reading levels were based on confusion between
the standard score and grade equivalent."
The Provost is misinformed; I have been assured by an
eye-witness that he was given SAT/ACT scores, the full SATA, GPA,
and past academic eligibility Status. Of course, the University
always had possession of this information. Dean was told that
Willingham used "all the scores" and her own personal experience
with many athletes to arrive at her assessments. The claim that
someone with her background confused standard scores with grade
equivalents is ludicrous.
Outside experts were asked to evaluate Willingham's claims but
were provided with only the Vocabulary results. Obviously the
other information would be useful in confirming Willingham's
claims as one of the experts noted. What we have is a whitewash
by the administration. See http://tinyurl.com/kffmvn4 for an