North Carolina

Report reiterates clash between UNC athletics, academics

Posted September 3, 2013

UNC-Chapel Hill seal on sidewalk

A panel of leaders in higher education released a report on Tuesday highlighting ways the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill can improve how it handles the "complex maze of athletics," particularly in regard to how athletics impact academic goals and campus life.

Headed by Hunter Rawlings, the president of the Association of American Universities, the Rawlings Panel on Intercollegiate Athletics at UNC-Chapel Hill issued 28 recommendations to new Chancellor Carol Folt and also provided ideas for other universities facing similar challenges. 

The panel recommended that academic support services for student-athletes should operate without "any undue influence by athletics officials and staff, including coaching staff" and that the unit in charge of enforcing compliance with NCAA rules have "sufficient independence from athletics staff" in order to meet its responsibilities. 

The university made changes to that effect after the scandal that cost several football players their eligibility, led to the firing of then-coach Butch Davis and saw UNC miss out on a bowl last season.

Reviews by the UNC Board of Governors and former Gov. Jim Martin led to changes in academic advising for athletes and in how students are supervised in independent study classes.

"We make our recommendations primarily to the administration and faculty of UNC-CH, but we are fully cognizant of the national context for this report, and we make several suggestions we hope other universities will note and consider," Rawlings said. 

"I think everyone is cognizant that something needs to be done."

The cost of big-time college sports – both to a university’s budget and to the purported education of student-athletes -- has increasingly been under a microscope after high-profile investigations at Chapel Hill, Auburn, Penn State and Texas A&M. The NCAA’s ability to police abuses of its amateur system, and even whether college athletes should be considered students or mere employees of the universities where they perform are questions swirling in the national zeitgeist.

"The balance between academics and athletics is now perilously close to going over the tipping point where I think the trend is simply not sustainable," Hunter Rawlings said Tuesday.

With academic outcomes in mind, the panel said that UNC-Chapel Hill should consider reducing the number of hours student-athletes devote to sports activities both locally and on the conference or national level. 

Financially, the panel said UNC-Chapel Hill should revise its budget to clearly delineate the spending that supports student athletes' "educational, professional or career development" as opposed to other operating costs such staff salaries, recruiting or team travel. They also said UNC should make financial data more transparent to the public by publishing NCAA financial reports, the athletics department budget and additional financial data about long-term athletics debt and rates of change in athletics and academic spending. 

To make sure the university continues to promote an atmosphere of compliance, the panel said the school should establish an internal and external audit every four years to test its adherence to new procedures.

"Institutions of higher learning exist primarily to discover and to disseminate knowledge; winning sporting events is peripheral to those basic missions," the panel said. "As a result, a university’s athletics program must fit within the context of its core missions, and in no way violate them. Herein lies the principal challenge of intercollegiate athletics, since an institution’s desire to win must always be balanced against the core interests of the institution as a whole."

The investigation last fall by Martin and a more recent one by the UNC Board of Governors singled out the Department of African and Afro-American Studies as a trouble spot for academic integrity but concluded that athletes weren't the driving force behind the irregularities. 

In all, 216 courses in a nine-year span showed “anomalies,” and there were no fewer than 454 unauthorized grade changes over an 18-year period.

The Rawlings Panel included Jim Delaney, commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, Amy Perko, executive director of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, Bob Malekoff, associate professor and sports studies chair at Guilford College, and Patricia Timmons-Goodson, former associate justice of the N.C. Supreme Court.

57 Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • packfan07 Sep 5, 2013

    View quoted thread


    That is always Cryolina fans excuse. But it doesn't happen everywhere and Cryolina fans can't come to terms with it.

  • joeBob Sep 4, 2013

    18 years of cheating is not a unfortunate page in UNC-CH sports history...it's a tradition at that point.

  • StunGunn Sep 4, 2013

    View quoted thread


    Yeah, it's about time Dracula wasn't in change of the blood bank.

  • StunGunn Sep 4, 2013

    View quoted thread


    Disagree. This may have cheapened the degrees that athletes get, but not the general student population - those students go to class and do their own work and EARN their degree.

  • StunGunn Sep 4, 2013

    View quoted thread


    Yeah - that one does jump out at you. For the grade changes to have gone on as long as 18 years shows this is not a situation that started with Butch/Wiley/Blake/Dr J, et al.

  • JACKSON THIS IS OUR STATE SAWYER Sep 4, 2013

    View quoted thread


    being a carowhina fan I would worry about unc instead trying to implicate everyone else-- clean up your own house

  • grh90 Sep 4, 2013

    View quoted thread


    Wrong. That's Dook. UNC doesn't pay players like they do over at blood diamond U a.k.a duke.

  • uncsuckz Sep 3, 2013

    Well, it's about time for Markie to get another fried motherboard....or have his mother die again, whichever is convenient. A direct reflection of what's gone on at unc for 20+ years....look the other way and don't question what we're doing, then deny and deflect when caught. unc=the Auburn of the ACC.

  • Deacons Sep 3, 2013

    What a shame, UNC had a great academic reputation. If I went to school there I would be upset because this tarnishes the schools academic reputation.

  • johnnyaudit Sep 3, 2013

    View quoted thread


    Sad that your institution has to be told that...........

More...

 

 

  • The Ryder Cup

    Saturday at 9:00 am on WRAL-TV

  • CFB: Duke vs. Virginia

    Saturday at 12:30 pm on FOX50

  • CFB: Oklahoma vs. TCU

    Saturday at 5:00 pm on FOX50

  • CFB: Arizona State at USC

    Saturday at 8:00 pm on FOX50

  • The Logan Zone

    Sunday at 11:00 am on WRAL-TV

  • The Ryder Cup

    Sunday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Panthers at Atlanta

    Sunday at 1:00 pm on FOX50

  • NFL: Kansas City at Pittsburgh

    Sunday at 8:20 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Hurricanes at Washington (Stream only)

    Tonight at 7:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Atlanta at New Orleans

    Tonight at 8:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Hurricanes at Tampa Bay (Stream only)

    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • CFB: NC State vs. Wake Forest

    Saturday at 3:30 pm on WRAL-FM

NHL Preseason
Ottawa27:15
1
Toronto1
 
Columbus 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET20:00 BRT
Boston 
 
Philadelphia 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET20:00 BRT
New Jersey 
 
Philadelphia 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET20:00 BRT
NY Islanders 
 
Carolina 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET20:00 BRT
Washington 
 
Minnesota 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET20:00 BRT
Buffalo 
 
New Jersey 4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET23:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST3:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ET20:30 BRT
Montreal 
 
St. Louis 5:30 PT6:30 MT7:30 CT8:30 ET0:30 GMT8:30 北京时间5:30 MST7:30 EST4:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ET21:30 BRT
Dallas 
 
Edmonton 6:00 PT7:00 MT8:00 CT9:00 ET1:00 GMT9:00 北京时间6:00 MST8:00 EST5:00 UAE (+1)21:00 ET22:00 BRT
Calgary 
 
Calgary 6:00 PT7:00 MT8:00 CT9:00 ET1:00 GMT9:00 北京时间6:00 MST8:00 EST5:00 UAE (+1)21:00 ET22:00 BRT
Edmonton 
 
Los Angeles 7:00 PT8:00 MT9:00 CT10:00 ET2:00 GMT10:00 北京时间7:00 MST9:00 EST6:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ET23:00 BRT
Arizona 
 
Arizona 7:30 PT8:30 MT9:30 CT10:30 ET2:30 GMT10:30 北京时间7:30 MST9:30 EST6:30 UAE (+1)22:30 ET23:30 BRT
Los Angeles 
 
Minor League Baseball
International League
El Paso 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET12:05 GMT
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 
 
TOUR Championship (PGA)
PosNameScoreThru
1R. McIlroy - z-12F
2tR. Moore - y-12F
2tK. Chappell - y-12F
4P. Casey-9F
5H. Matsuyama-6F
6tJ. Thomas-5F
6tD. Johnson-5F
8tA. Scott-4F
8tJ. Dufner-4F
10tS. Kim-2F
View Full Leaderboard
z = Won in Playoff   y = Lost in Playoff
 
Evian Champ (LPGA)
PosNameScoreThru
1I. Chun-21F
2tS. Park-17F
2tS. Ryu-17F
4S. Feng-15F
5S. Kim-14F
6I. Kim-12F
7A. Stanford-10F
8H. Nomura-9F
9tB. Henderson-7F
9tA. Jutanugarn-7F
View Full Leaderboard
 
European Open (EURO)
PosNameScoreThru
1A. Levy - z-19F
2R. Fisher - y-19F
3tM. Jonzon-16F
3tR. Karlsson-16F
5B. Wiesberger-15F
6M. Kaymer-14F
7tR. Bland-13F
7tE. De La Riva-13F
7tF. Fritsch-13F
7tG. Havret-13F
View Full Leaderboard
z = Won in Playoff   y = Lost in Playoff
 
Pacific Links (CHMP)
PosNameScoreThru
1C. Montgomerie - z-15F
2S. McCarron - y-15F
3tM. Jimenez-13F
3tJ. Sluman-13F
3tS. Dunlap-13F
3tD. Garwood-13F
7tB. Langer-12F
7tM. Dawson-12F
7tO. Browne-12F
10tF. Funk-11F
View Full Leaderboard
z = Won in Playoff   y = Lost in Playoff
 
ATP Scoreboard
Monday, Sep. 26
Chengdu Open (ATP)
First Round
R. Ram4 5    
D. Schwartzma6 7    
J. Monaco6 6    
H. Moriya1 2    
 
Shenzhen Open (ATP)
First Round
Z. Li2 3    
M. Zverev6 6    
(7) F. Fognini6 6    
D. Sela4 1    
L. Vanni6 610 2   
A. Whittingto2 712 6   
 
WTA Scoreboard
Monday, Sep. 26
Wuhan Tennis Open (WTA)
First Round
(10) D. Cibulkova6 2 6   
A. Cornet2 6 3   
(15) A. Pavlyuchen77 4 1   
M. Doi63 6 3   
(14) P. Kvitova6 6    
J. Ostapenko3 1    
Y. Putintseva6 4    
A. Sevastova1 1    
(11) J. Konta6 6    
A. Beck1 2    
C. Vandeweghe65 3    
K. Mladenovic77 6    
S. Zhang65 6 6   
S. Peng77 3 4   
M. Brengle6 2    
H. Watson3 1    
J. Jankovic6 6    
D. Gavrilova2 2    
E. Svitolina4 6 6   
B. Mattek-San6 3 4   
S. Errani1 6 1   
B. Strycova6 3 6   
M. Lucic-Baro2 4    
C. Garcia6 6    
D. Kasatkina6 6    
J. Goerges0 4    
(16) S. Stosur3 2    
C. Wozniacki6 6    
Second Round
(4) S. Halep6 2    
I. Begu3 0    
(7) C. Suarez Nav6 6    
Y. Wickmayer4 3    
(5) K. Pliskova6 7    
L. Safarova3 5    
 
Tashkent Open (WTA)
First Round
(9) D. Allertova6 6    
H. Kuwata3 4    
(4) N. Hibino6 6    
K. Umarova3 1    
A. Schmiedlov6 3 4   
M. Sakkari2 6 6   
S. Sharipova5 7 5   
S. Voegele7 5 7   
(5) K. Nara7 6    
D. Yastremska5 2