The University of North Carolina is reviewing data from a university staff member suggesting a number of student athletes were reading far below the standard reading level. An open letter to the university students and faculty by Chancellor Carol Folt says the allegations are being taken “very seriously” by the university’s leadership.
“In spite of seven investigations and numerous reforms already in place, this continues to be a painful journey for the Carolina community, and I will not ignore the lessons learned,” Folt said in the open letter.
“This issue is part of a larger national conversation about the role and impact of college sports and even further about the commitment schools make to ensure their students receive the support they need to succeed in the classroom as well as on the playing field,” Folt continued. “I assure you that I will not accept anything less than the excellence we expect Carolina to represent for our students and the community.”
An investigative report published by CNN earlier this month mentioned literacy problems among football and basketball players at North Carolina as just one example of a growing concern across the world of collegiate athletics at many top programs. The data was supplied by a university reading specialist and the claims were quickly disputed by the university and men’s basketball head coach Roy Williams.
Football head coach Larry Fedora has been quiet on the subject since the report was released. It is currently unknown just how many football players are or have been believed to be struggling to read at a reading level needed for college work.