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(04-24-2014 06:53 PM)XLance Wrote:  
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(04-24-2014 03:46 PM)Indiana Bones Wrote:  http://www.businessweek.com/articles/201...chancellor

From Indy's article:
For an excellent analysis of this sad and outrageous situation, please read a blog post by Willingham’s friend and backer Jay Smith, a tenured UNC history professor. “The clash between Willingham and the university has never really been about statistics,” Smith writes. “The clash is all about the current model of collegiate athletics and whether the university can tolerate in its midst an insider who is determined to expose the defects of the collegiate model. The vehemence of the assault on Willingham shows how desperately UNC administrators, and UNC sports fans, cling to the myth that all is basically well in the Emerald City. Willingham urges us to look behind the curtain.”

Based on my own examination of the facts—described in this Bloomberg Businessweek cover story and related online dispatches—I believe Smith is putting it politely. Too politely. There’s something very much un-well in Oz.

NOTE: Peter Grauer, the chairman of Bloomberg L.P., which owns Bloomberg Businessweek, is a trustee of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and sits on its Foundation Board and the UNC Global Research Institute Board.

Yep! That's just like the fox in the hen house.
Jay Smith is Willingham's business partner. Do you think he is going to say even one negative thing about Willingham or her findings? They have money to make.

The opinion that it was "too polite" was that of the author. And then the author pointed out that the head of Business Week (the guy he works for) was on the foundation board at UNC. So unlike UNC, there is some freedom of speech at Business Week. And there may be one influential UNC grad who cares about the value of his degree and doesn't want to be laughed at when he mentions he went to UNC.
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(04-25-2014 11:02 AM)bullet Wrote:  
(04-24-2014 06:53 PM)XLance Wrote:  
(04-24-2014 04:04 PM)bullet Wrote:  
(04-24-2014 03:46 PM)Indiana Bones Wrote:  http://www.businessweek.com/articles/201...chancellor

From Indy's article:
For an excellent analysis of this sad and outrageous situation, please read a blog post by Willingham’s friend and backer Jay Smith, a tenured UNC history professor. “The clash between Willingham and the university has never really been about statistics,” Smith writes. “The clash is all about the current model of collegiate athletics and whether the university can tolerate in its midst an insider who is determined to expose the defects of the collegiate model. The vehemence of the assault on Willingham shows how desperately UNC administrators, and UNC sports fans, cling to the myth that all is basically well in the Emerald City. Willingham urges us to look behind the curtain.”

Based on my own examination of the facts—described in this Bloomberg Businessweek cover story and related online dispatches—I believe Smith is putting it politely. Too politely. There’s something very much un-well in Oz.

NOTE: Peter Grauer, the chairman of Bloomberg L.P., which owns Bloomberg Businessweek, is a trustee of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and sits on its Foundation Board and the UNC Global Research Institute Board.

Yep! That's just like the fox in the hen house.
Jay Smith is Willingham's business partner. Do you think he is going to say even one negative thing about Willingham or her findings? They have money to make.

The opinion that it was "too polite" was that of the author. And then the author pointed out that the head of Business Week (the guy he works for) was on the foundation board at UNC. So unlike UNC, there is some freedom of speech at Business Week. And there may be one influential UNC grad who cares about the value of his degree and doesn't want to be laughed at when he mentions he went to UNC.

Don't take this wrong, as I agree with you in all things related to those cheaters in Chapel Hill. However, I do find it a bit ironic that a Kentucky fan would bust any teams chops given the history of your current basketball coach.
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(04-25-2014 03:01 PM)VA49er Wrote:  
(04-25-2014 11:02 AM)bullet Wrote:  
(04-24-2014 06:53 PM)XLance Wrote:  
(04-24-2014 04:04 PM)bullet Wrote:  
(04-24-2014 03:46 PM)Indiana Bones Wrote:  http://www.businessweek.com/articles/201...chancellor

From Indy's article:
For an excellent analysis of this sad and outrageous situation, please read a blog post by Willingham’s friend and backer Jay Smith, a tenured UNC history professor. “The clash between Willingham and the university has never really been about statistics,” Smith writes. “The clash is all about the current model of collegiate athletics and whether the university can tolerate in its midst an insider who is determined to expose the defects of the collegiate model. The vehemence of the assault on Willingham shows how desperately UNC administrators, and UNC sports fans, cling to the myth that all is basically well in the Emerald City. Willingham urges us to look behind the curtain.”

Based on my own examination of the facts—described in this Bloomberg Businessweek cover story and related online dispatches—I believe Smith is putting it politely. Too politely. There’s something very much un-well in Oz.

NOTE: Peter Grauer, the chairman of Bloomberg L.P., which owns Bloomberg Businessweek, is a trustee of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and sits on its Foundation Board and the UNC Global Research Institute Board.

Yep! That's just like the fox in the hen house.
Jay Smith is Willingham's business partner. Do you think he is going to say even one negative thing about Willingham or her findings? They have money to make.

The opinion that it was "too polite" was that of the author. And then the author pointed out that the head of Business Week (the guy he works for) was on the foundation board at UNC. So unlike UNC, there is some freedom of speech at Business Week. And there may be one influential UNC grad who cares about the value of his degree and doesn't want to be laughed at when he mentions he went to UNC.

Don't take this wrong, as I agree with you in all things related to those cheaters in Chapel Hill. However, I do find it a bit ironic that a Kentucky fan would bust any teams chops given the history of your current basketball coach.

I'm not particularly a Calipari fan, but despite UMass and Memphis, no one's ever found his fingerprints on anything. And as I recall (I may be mistaken), those were recruiting issues. In any event, no one has had fake classes (or at least been caught at it) for a dozen years like UNC and no one since Jan Kemp at UGA has had the administration go after the whistleblower.

The NCAA seems to be hung up on agents (which the P5 want them to quit going after), but IMO academic fraud, especially fake classes that threaten the whole integrity of the university, is the worst type of cheating. They cheat the opposition, they cheat the student-athlete and they cheat all the other students by degrading the value of their degree. How hard would you think it is for an African-American studies major from UNC to get a job now? University of Phoenix probably blows them away in credibility.
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NY Times Article in tomorrow's print edition

Gives a pretty thorough run down of the academic issues, but doesn't even hint at all of the illegal benefits (Tar Wheels or Car Heels) that they are still getting away with. Maybe some UNC grad (ha! I mean fan) will come back soon to point out that we're all just haters. 03-drunk
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Good summary (cut & paste from ZZL) of how UNC, not Dan Kane, uncovered the AFAM issues:

As to who uncovered what--The UNC/NCAA football investigation exposed Jennifer Wiley's overgenerous assistance and got McAdoo kicked off the football team. McAdoo by bringing suit exposed his term paper to public view, and PP noticed it was plagiarized. Kane, monitoring PP for tips, learned of the plagiarism from them and wrote a story in July, 2011. Someone then sent him Austin's transcript. (Hint: someone who hated UNC athletics and who had access to athletes' transcripts.) This had the absurd B+ given in a senior course to a new freshman who had been flagged for remedial English. Kane inquired at UNC about Nyang'oro and wrote an article in August, 2011. In response to Kane's inquiry or his article, Dean Hartlyn interviewed Nyang'oro and removed him as chair. The AFAM department began reforming its practices that fall.

Hartlyn was assigned to investigate AFAM in Sept., 2011, and published his report May, 2012. He exposed the full range of AFAM abuses, but over a limited time period, 2007-2011. Nyang'oro resigned from the faculty as of 9-1-12. UNC then launched the Martin review, to cover the full time period and look for similar abuses in other departments. This was intended to be a comprehensive outside review. It found extensive irregularities going back to 1997 but couldn't fully explain them because JN and Crowder wouldn't talk. Martin brought forth the famous 200/500 that PP talks about every day. He also pointed out that the academic support people were aware of the paper classes. So UNC did actually expose most of the dirt that has become public, but Kane's use of the Austin transcript did point the finger at Nyang'oro.

MW then went public via Kane in late November, 2012, just before the Martin Report was published. The new information was that academic support actively steered athletes into the paper classes. In summer, 2013, Kane got the email dump via a public records request that showed the embarrassingly cozy relations between academic support staffers and Nyang'oro. I think that was the last significant thing Kane uncovered. It was something the Martin Report missed.

In January, 2014, MW publicized her false claims about literacy through Sara Ganim at CNN, not Kane.

Really undermines the claim by MW and JS that but for DK, UNC would have never addressed this.

The University discovered the problem and started to investigate.
Willingham and Smith saw an opportunity to make a profit and started to a) write a book and b) started to feed information to Dan Kane to sensationalize the situation.
Since then Willingham's research has been discredited by a panel of three independent research experts, she has lost her job and it is still uncertain whether or not she will be prosecuted.
There are a lot of folks that don't care about the truth, they only care about the rumors.
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So are we really down to arguing over WHO discovered the cheating? Really?!

I guess your handle is derived from the granddaddy of all cheaters... Maybe you should have used MarionLance or lanceJones.

03-drunk

How about, instead of just saying. "We've made mistakes and now it is time to move on " you should be saying, "we got caught, and now accept reasonable punishment according to NCAA rules for all others."

Until then, there will never be any "moving on." Well, except for moving onto another governing body(not NCAA) that is not owned by UNC.
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(04-28-2014 09:39 PM)Leargh! Wrote:  How about, instead of just saying. "We've made mistakes and now it is time to move on " you should be saying, "we got caught, and now accept reasonable punishment according to NCAA rules for all others."

That my friend was done in March of 2012.
I guess you are right, haters are going to hate.
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(04-29-2014 07:33 AM)XLance Wrote:  
(04-28-2014 09:39 PM)Leargh! Wrote:  How about, instead of just saying. "We've made mistakes and now it is time to move on " you should be saying, "we got caught, and now accept reasonable punishment according to NCAA rules for all others."

That my friend was done in March of 2012.
I guess you are right, haters are going to hate.

Wonder why the NCAA is getting such a bad rep when they are able to hand out sanctions for violations that were, at the time, undiscovered. Most of the allegations have come out SINCE the little slap on the wrist UNC received in 2012.
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Written by the PR teams sock puppet... Try again. 03-hissyfit
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Everybody at one point or another in their life has heard the phrase, “There are two sides to every story.” It’s what drives us to be fair to every situation presented to us. Seeking to hear and process each side is what allows people to have a balanced and informed approach to how they respond to the story or situation. One part of our society for which this balanced approach is crucial is the media.

The media tells us what is going on in the world around us. In some cases all there is to do is tell us what happened. However, in other stories they report, their journalistic reputation is on the line in giving us accurate facts from both sides of the story. When this fails to occur and it becomes clear that the narrative is focused on one side of the story, and in some cases pushing only that side as the truth, readers and viewers start to question the integrity of the story being told. Then they start to question the motives of those telling the story.

A clear example of this failure in media integrity is how the University of North Carolina academic scandal story has been handled in recent months by multiple media outlets. There has been one narrative told, and when facts arise in dispute of this narrative, they are dismissed and not reported. Or in this case, when the “facts” being used to push this narrative are discredited, there have been no corrections made to the record.

The recent example of this has to do with Mary Willingham, who worked with UNC student-athletes during the time that this scandal was exposed, and has been called a “whistleblower” in all of this recent uproar. She has been trumpeted about by the likes of CNN and ESPN, who reported that her research showed that over a hundred student-athletes she worked with at UNC couldn’t read at a high school level.

CNN’s video report:


This article won’t bore you with her statistics. In fact, it would be a waste of time because that research was recently discredited by three different outside experts from three different institutions of higher learning. But what it will do is show the other side of this story from a qualified vantage point of somebody directly involved with this situation who is focused on the student-athletes and the reforms that have taken place and continue to take place moving forward.

That vantage point belongs to Bradley Bethel, a learning specialist who has worked with student-athletes at UNC for the last 3 years, and at other institutions prior to UNC. It should come as no surprise at this point that none of the outlets who put Willingham out front and center have shown an interest in Mr. Bethel’s counter-narrative. When one outlet did (News & Observer), they managed to dice up his comments in a way to keep their original narrative intact. So we decided to seek out the other side of this story and spoke with Mr. Bethel.

I first read on tarheelblog.com that you gave an interview to Dan Kane at the News & Observer, but that he took your statements and put them out of context in his article? – “Yes, that’s true and so I can’t see working with the N&O again. I guess my answers didn’t fit their narrative without some journalistic creativity taking place on their part. Tarheelblog.com, however, despite being clearly supportive of UNC athletics, has at least tried to acknowledge legitimate criticism of UNC while still pointing out the flaws in critics’ claims. They’ve been the most fair with the information that the media is discussing.”

How do you describe what you do with student-athletes? – “My job is most succinctly described as helping student-athletes learn how to learn. That’s what I do. I work with underprepared student-athletes who have come to college without having developed the habits of a successful learner. They often did not grow up in an environment, like you and I did, that may have showed them along the way what habits and routines it takes to be a successful student in college. In many cases these student-athletes are first generation college students. They typically come from school environments that didn’t foster the learning of these habits. So my job is to then help them develop these habits so that they can become successful learners and get the most out of their college experience with a meaningful, real education.”

In referencing that first generation college student, many of these student-athletes might not have had that college opportunity without athletics, right? – “Yes, exactly. In fact, that’s an example of how athletics can be a means of providing a real education for these students. I would say that’s the number one reason people in academic support do what we do. I would even venture to say that a lot of us see what we do as accomplishing a degree of social justice in the process. We want these students to get the most out of this opportunity that they would not have had a chance to have without athletics. They may be big stars to the fans, but to me, a lot of them come from poor backgrounds, even poverty, and this can be their big break beyond athletics. We want help them be as successful as they can be in the classroom and beyond.”

How would you characterize your mission then? – “I would say we use the opportunity student-athletes have been given through athletics to help them experience a meaningful education and prepare them for life, a successful life, after athletics.”

With that mission in my mind, how could so many of the educators at UNC not be behind that? – “I think many UNC faculty and staff are behind it, but Mary Willingham has dismissed it, and That’s what is the most frustrating part of this story and why I have started speaking out. The narrative of Mary Willingham (MW) has been to completely dismiss the great work that the academic support program does with student-athletes and call it all a scam. That we are constantly failing these students and at the same time trumpeting herself as the only enlightened educator among the support staff who can see through the problems we face. That frustrates me because I know the commitment and dedication that this staff makes with the student-athletes. The sacrifices all of us make in knowing this job can be all hours of the day, sometimes every day of the week. All with the goal of providing these student-athletes a real educational experience. I feel privileged to have worked with these people and they’re some of the best educators at UNC. I’ve worked on other academic support staffs at other institutions and I strongly feel that UNC’s staff is as dedicated and talented as any in the country.”

Do you think MW’s original intent was pure, or was it skewed from the get go? – “Well, this is speculation, but I think she saw a problem originally, a problem that I’ve acknowledged as well. There were students being admitted that shouldn’t have been admitted. I don’t mean not admitted to college, but maybe not admitted to UNC. UNC is a rigorous university and some of these students were not prepared for that level of academics. UNC does not have the support infrastructure to support that type of student. So as a result, you have to have higher admissions standards that match the rigorous level of learning at UNC. She saw this and wanted something done about it, which is good. But then she took a destructive approach to it by embellishing her stories and inflating or fabricating her statistics with the intent of grabbing headlines. She made it about her being focus of change instead of keeping the focus on the change itself.”

What do you mean by making her the focus? – “Well, the problem stems from her insistence that she be part of the change. Instead of letting the new administrators and support staff come in at this point and really reform the system. I don’t know how else to describe it other than attention-seeking. An example of that is her consistent refusal to acknowledge what changes and reforms have taken place since 2010, which, by the way, is the last time she worked with student-athletes at UNC. There have been changes made already, but she wouldn’t know about it because she doesn’t work in this field any more. But she’s still insisting that her ideas, as unclear as they have been, be put in the forefront of this discussion.”

So she hasn’t been involved with student-athletes at UNC since 2010? – “No, she has not. She also hasn’t worked with the scores of new people that came to UNC and have been the champions of these reforms. Since she was here we now have a new Provost, a new Chancellor, a new Director of Academic Support, a new Athletic Director, and a new football coach. There are so many new people and changes, all of which have been ignored by her and the particular media outlets that will only follow her narrative in this story. And it’s a shame, because those outlets could really use their voice to trumpet the reforms that have taken place and help drive further positive reforms. True reform requires integrity and ideas, not duplicity and defamation.”

In your blog you spoke of the difference in reform philosophies between MW and you. – “Right. Ethics too. She has really adopted the “ends justify the means” approach where she is willing to go on CNN or other stations and say whatever she needs to despite the truthfulness of those statements. The fact that she is accessing students’ records without consent, and then publicizing information in those records in the media and places like Twitter, is unethical and a violation of those students’ rights. She is really unscrupulous in her methods, which is problematic to say the least. My philosophy has been more about giving more of a voice to the student-athletes in order to allow them to advocate for themselves. That’s why I support the idea of what the Northwestern team is doing and the O’Bannon lawsuit. That “idea” is giving the student-athletes a seat at the table so that they have a voice in deciding how these reforms affect them. I would rather be behind the scenes because it’s not about me, but again, MW insists that she be front and center, despite the ethical damage she does in the process.”

Has she offered up any ideas? – “She said she would start a literacy program, which is interesting, but doesn’t make sense. That would assume that there are as many students who are reading at an elementary level or are illiterate as she claims, but there aren’t. Her statistics were flawed at best, fabricated at worst. And such a program that teaches athletes to read would be condescending and patronizing because they know how to read. A more appropriate service to them is something like I am starting this summer, which is a program that teaches students to read and study at a college level.”

Is this another new change? – “Yes, I’m developing a summer program that works with underprepared student-athletes to get them prepared to go to school at UNC. Again, this doesn’t mean they read at an elementary level. It just means they need help developing the reading habits they will need to study at UNC. So this starts in August, where I’ll be teaching new football players an intensive college reading strategy course for them so that they’re up to speed to the reading level of UNC academics. It’s not teaching them the basics of reading, because, again, they already know how to read.”

Mary Willingham believes student-athletes are being exploited by the commercialism of college sports.
How do you feel about the fact that MW’s major charge of intent on UNC’s part is to exploit these student-athletes? – “Well, the irony of that is that she seems to be exploiting the athletes themselves as a means of getting attention. The worst example being the recent tweet about the basketball players. She had no right to look at these records in the first place. But to then tweet it out is exploitive and cheap and obviously a show of growing desperation on her part, in light of her data being discredited by outside experts in recent weeks.”

You showed point by point why her methodology was flawed in assessing these students and representing the data in the way she did, in which she has since been discredited. This was a major point ignored by the media. – “Yes, she has not been transparent about her methodology, and the hints she has given us suggest an unsound methodology, which she would be unqualified to employ even if it were sound. Look, she is not qualified, and neither am I, to interpret certain tests she claims to have used in her assessments. There are tests she is referencing like WAIS that only a licensed psychologist can read and determine the results. She isn’t a psychologist. She is just really stretching with this misrepresented data. That’s what is so frustrating. The media like CNN, HBO, and ESPN have not come back and corrected the record.”

What do you feel about the faction in the UNC faculty that is behind MW, or really just behind the anti-athletics side of this story at the university? – “That’s a great question. One, it’s not a big group. By and large the faculty I have interacted with are great educators who care about the student-athletes’ education and don’t hold being an athlete against them. But for the ones you’re referencing it really is mind-boggling. Because at the core of this they have abandoned their own scholarly methods of truth-seeking. When you’re a scholar you respect peer-reviewed journals and presentations because that is how you become credible. It’s the rigorous methods of determining truth through the peer review process that gives credence to your work. So they practice this truth-seeking in their own work but then abandon all of that to support this sensationalism and this media narrative. This is ironic because any one of them would tell their classes that they cannot use a newspaper media source as a reputable source of information in their work. They want you to use sources that have been subject to scrutiny to the methods of determining truth. Yet, they’re following the media’s narrative of MW as total truth.”

In that vein, has there been internal concern you’ve seen as her research has begun to be discredited in its methodology and presentation, in terms of how that reflects on UNC’s reputation as a leading research university? – “That’s a great question. One I don’t have the answer to because I don’t know if anybody has looked it from that perspective. And that perspective should concern us, yes. I do know that there have been faculty members who have been critical and have not been swept up in MW’s crusade. You know, there’s always a silent majority and I believe that most members are not on her side and are more in the middle on this debate. And part of that is because of the reforms the faculty has seen over the last four years because this has been an all-in approach. The constructive reforms have included input from the faculty, the administration, the athletic leaders and the academic support program. And honestly, there’s no persuading the MW group. I’m trying to stay constructive and keep the people in the middle behind the positive changes going on and keep moving that forward for the student-athletes. They’re who matter in this, not some anti-athletics crusade. Again, some of these students wouldn’t have this educational opportunity without athletics.”

Have the same media outlets that have interviewed MW reached out to you? – “Well, what I can say is that they don’t seem to be interested in a narrative other than the one they have been telling in their reporting. So I’ll be interested in what they do moving forward. I thought the media would be just as excited at getting the record right on the flawed whistleblower because they are focused on a good story. But they, people like Paul Barrett and Sara Ganim, really refuse to acknowledge that they were duped by MW because they have invested too much into her narrative at this point. I think they are intentionally ignoring this at this point and hoping it goes away so that they don’t have to admit any fault.”

Again, it seems like MW is doing everything she can to stay in their spotlight. – “Yes. That’s true. That’s why I think MW has been exploited herself. She is victim and a perpetrator. The media has turned her into something she is not. Four years ago she was an educator. Now she has resorted to inappropriate and at times unethical behavior to secure a spotlight.”

Expand some on the positive changes that have taken place since 2010 at UNC. – “Well, first of all are the changes to the admissions’ process for student-athletes. We’ve shifted to a quantitative assessment in which we can predict what the student-athletes’ GPA will be in that first year. That is better than just the typical qualitative assessment that focuses on looking back at where the student-athlete came from. UNC is one of the only institutions I know of that is using this method. And the main thing driving this positive change is cooperation.”

What are you referring to when you say cooperation? – “At the top, there is cooperation between Athletics and Admissions. At the bottom, there is cooperation between academic support and the coaches. Every Thursday morning we have an academic meeting with the football coaches. We give them a complete rundown about what’s going on with their players academically. Coach Fedora has been very respectful and supportive towards us. They have actually demonstrated a genuine commitment to the academic success of their team. Our interactions with them have been positive. And I can tell you that not every school in the nation can say that about their football coaches. I won’t say which schools, but again, I’m involved in our national organization and I know colleagues that say the wish they had the working relationship and support that we have with this staff. I feel fortunate to be working with Coach Fedora and his staff, as an educator.”

How do you feel about UNC today, in terms of how they support and prepare their student-athletes compared to what you know happens at other schools? – “When I came here, I did not arrive at what I thought was an academic support program in disrepair or in need of an overhaul and I’m insulted when I read that overhauling was needed. It’s not a program that needed to be or has been overhauled. Did it need improvement? Sure, and that’s why I was excited to come here and be a part of those improvements. But there is genuine commitment from Bubba Cunningham to make our academic support program one of the best in the nation. We are great now, but we continue to get better and we will be one of the best in the nation.”



Thanks to Mr. Bethel, you have seen a glimpse into the other side of this story. Did things go wrong at UNC? Yes. Did UNC pay for that? Well, that’s what is up for debate. UNC was investigated by the NCAA and sanctioned. The Chancellor at the time is gone. The Athletic Director at the time is gone. And the football staff at the time is gone.

So it’s safe to say those people paid for these problems. When the recent academic scandal broke, the NCAA was in Chapel Hill in the Fall of 2011 with UNC officials as it investigated the charges and determined that there were no further infractions committed. But again, whatever side you fall on in this debate, at least be willing to look at both sides of the story. When one side is pushing their narrative by ignoring new facts presented in this case, that should tell you something is amiss with their story.

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(05-08-2014 07:23 AM)XLance Wrote:  Everybody at one point or another in blah blah blah blah unfair blah blah blah bias blah blah blah discredited blah blah blah move forward blah blah blah blah changes made blah blah blah..........


I'm guessing you didn't need "express written permission" since you are the paid troll that wrote that drivel...

"We robbed the bank, we were caught, we are very sorry (that we were caught), we promise to never do it again, so let's just let bygones be bygones! Umkay? ...... Oh yeah, we're gonna just keep the money. It's time we just all move forward."
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Looks like Erik Highsmith isn't the only one in CH who doesn't get this whole "plagiarism" thing.
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(05-08-2014 07:23 AM)XLance Wrote:  Everybody at one point or another in their life has heard the phrase, “There are two sides to every story.”

Blah blah blah... Discredited blah blah blah, move forward, blah blah blah, not fair, blah blah blah, everybody does it, blah blah blah...

Didn't even bother reading it...

If you graduated from UNC-CHeat, here's a video... You don't have to get someone to read it to you...
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http://espn.go.com/college-football/stor...e-athletes

Seems to me this committee is asking the wrong questions. Rather than testing committed athletes in the spring rather than summer, they should be figuring out whether they are capable of doing college level work before committing.

One example will be to widely test incoming athletes to assess their learning levels or potential disabilities during spring campus visits instead of waiting until summer. The school began earlier testing of some athletes this spring.

In addition, Bradley Bethel, a UNC learning specialist who works with football players, is helping to develop a summer program to improve college-level reading and critical-thinking skills for incoming athletes -- many of whom might need that help in staying eligible.


And comments from one critic who has been on the committee:

French history professor Jay Smith, a critic of the school's handling of the scandal, attended earlier group meetings. He is "waiting skeptically" for its recommendations while saying it appears to be doing "busy work."

"For now, I'm willing to suspend judgment," Smith said. "I am eager to see what they come up with. ... If they come out with some series of bold statements and point UNC and perhaps even the national configuration of Division I institutions in a new direction, then I will applaud them.

"But I continue to find puzzling the unwillingness of so many people at this university -- including people on that committee -- to address head-on the evidence of corruption that we've seen rise to the surface thanks to reporting for the most part over the past three years."
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Seems to me this committee is asking the wrong questions. Rather than testing committed athletes in the spring rather than summer, they should be figuring out whether they are capable of doing college level work before committing.

One example will be to widely test incoming athletes to assess their learning levels or potential disabilities during spring campus visits instead of waiting until summer. The school began earlier testing of some athletes this spring.

In addition, Bradley Bethel, a UNC learning specialist who works with football players, is helping to develop a summer program to improve college-level reading and critical-thinking skills for incoming athletes -- many of whom might need that help in staying eligible.


And comments from one critic who has been on the committee:

French history professor Jay Smith, a critic of the school's handling of the scandal, attended earlier group meetings. He is "waiting skeptically" for its recommendations while saying it appears to be doing "busy work."

"For now, I'm willing to suspend judgment," Smith said. "I am eager to see what they come up with. ... If they come out with some series of bold statements and point UNC and perhaps even the national configuration of Division I institutions in a new direction, then I will applaud them.

"But I continue to find puzzling the unwillingness of so many people at this university -- including people on that committee -- to address head-on the evidence of corruption that we've seen rise to the surface thanks to reporting for the most part over the past three years."

Jay Smith is Willingham's business partner. He continues to say anything to anybody that will listen just to keep things stirred up until their book is released.
It was the University, not the NCAA, that discovered the irregularities in the African-American Studies Department and made them public. Professor Smith continues to demonstrate that he will say and do anything for money.
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(05-08-2014 07:23 AM)XLance Wrote:  ..... The UNC-Ch administration continues to demonstrate that they will say and do anything for money and banners.

Fixed.
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Willingham's research application released....



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Mary Willingham may have broken the promise of confidentiality she made when applying for her research, which resulted in her claims of illiteracy among UNC student-athletes.

Thursday the University released former academic advisor and reading specialist Mary Willingham’s 2013 application for research. The application was submitted to the Office of Human Research Ethics, which determined that the Institutional Review Board (IRB) did not need to approve the outlined research project.

The main area in which the IRB looks is whether identifiable information is going to be used in the study. FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) protects education records, requiring written consent by the subjects studied. Willingham’s application stated that no names or identifiable private information would be used.

However, in a Daily Tar Heel article in January, Willingham confirmed she had the names of the individuals she was studying asking, “how would I do the research if I didn’t have the names?” And on April 6, Willingham tweeted, “’05′ UNC basketball champs starting 5 +1 took a combined 69 paper classes. truth=transcripts=transparency. A real education= #ncaareform.”

The application also listed UNC History professor Jay Smith as a secondary investigator. In an email exchange with UNC learning specialist Bradley Bethel, author of the blog Coaching the Mind, Smith stated the data that were collected were secondary data and therefore not something that would include identifiable information.

The application states that if any changes in the research process are made, the IRB must be contacted immediately before continuing.

The application says the study was being conducted to research the “incidence of ADHD and learning disabilities in freshman student athletes.” Nowhere in the application does it state the intent to find reading abilities among the subjects.

Willingham resigned from UNC earlier this month saying she wanted to continue her efforts to reform the NCAA from outside the University.

WCHL has reached out to Willingham for a comment and is awaiting a reply.

Research Applications (The most recent application filed trumps any previous applications)

UNC learning specialist, Bradley Bethel, released this statement: ”My initial reading confirms what I have been writing since February: Willingham has been deceitful about the nature of her research, and she appears to have unlawfully accessed and acquired athletes’ academic and health records.”

Bethel will appear on the WCHL Morning News Friday with more thoughts.

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Short answer: She repeatedly and systematically lied to the IRB in her application:

(1) The study is repeatedly described as for screening incidence of LD/ADHD among student athletes versus the general student population, later expanded to compare results against graduation rates.

(2) She represents (and brings down that representation on several occasions) that she will only use secondary de-identified information that, if it includes possible identifying information is coded by some one else (who holds the key and does not share that with her) so that she cannot know or determine the identity of the subjects.

(3) She repeatedly represents that she will not obtain information via direct interaction with individuals (and also that she won't collect information about living individuals, I assume her reading comprehension skills failed her in that instance). She was directly asked to confirm she was using de-identified data in January 2013 and claimed this was the case (that the data would be de-identified before being entered into her database).

(4) Her claim of having had IRB "approval" are false; she simply was not required to obtain IRB approval based on her initial (misleading) application.

(5) Southall was added as a co-investigator in April 2013. Smith was added as a co-investigator in June 2013.

Among other things, there is also an email from Southall and emails with Willingham indicating that both wanted to use the cease and desist order from the IRB to prevent UNC from obtaining outside analysis of Willingham's data, even while Southall sought to gain approval for others to access and use their "data".
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Sounds to me that this matter should be turned over to a prosecutor. She had to have broken the law if she lied on an application for Federal Grant money.
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(05-15-2014 05:37 PM)XLance Wrote:  Sounds to me that this matter should be turned over to a prosecutor. She had to have broken the law if she lied on an application for Federal Grant money.

Yes! Please, let's get all those scholarly athletes to wave their transcripts and diplomas in public view! Please make this happen. In fact, if what they are alleging is true, and they do not press charges, I think we can all safely assume that what she says is true.

Nice copy/paste by the way. You must have taken a "class" in Mohamadism.
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