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UNC chancellor reviewing literacy study of student athletes

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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 investigativeĀ 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.

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10 Responses to “UNC chancellor reviewing literacy study of student athletes”
  1. derekgorgonstar says: Jan 16, 2014 9:02 PM

    SEC! SEC! SEC!…….oh wait

  2. cubbybeers41 says: Jan 16, 2014 9:07 PM

    If this is true, just think about the schools that do not hold the same academic prestige as UNC.

  3. ahugusf says: Jan 16, 2014 9:33 PM

    Time to start checking some of the hard drives of the tutors . . . Just who is doing the work

  4. mrlaloosh says: Jan 16, 2014 9:38 PM


  5. cometkazie says: Jan 17, 2014 8:02 AM

    UNC has high academic qualifications for its students, particularly out of state.

    I wonder if athletes are held to the same standards? (Sarcasm intended.)

  6. makimaguro says: Jan 17, 2014 8:14 AM

    Somebody please do this at Auburn!

  7. packerbadger says: Jan 17, 2014 8:14 AM

    If they did this for the $ECheat conference, you’d have maybe a combined total of 34 eligible players left. I guess you could combine them into a single SEC team.

  8. blackdb says: Jan 17, 2014 9:03 AM

    They read well enough to score high enough for them to qualify under NCAA rules. The av incoming SAT at UNC is prob over 1200 2 part. An athlete who scores 820 probably does not read as good. That is why they have academic support.

  9. sportsguy3434 says: Jan 17, 2014 9:15 AM

    Just have the athletes read a few pages of the report and explain what it means. If they can read the report, then they should be up to reading for college.

  10. beavertonsteve says: Jan 17, 2014 12:34 PM

    All you have to do is spell the name of Duke’s basketball coach and you pass.

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