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Folt: A Travesty of Civility
Chancellor Folt has wisely asked the members of the UNC community to cool their jets in the controversy over student literacy:
The only problem with Carol’s plea for calm is that she and her Provost Jim Dean were the folks who began slinging mud in the direction of researcher/tutor Mary Willingham in the first place. Dean went so far as to call Willingham’s research a “travesty.” The Associated Press’ report in the Denver Post well summarizes the back and forth between Folt/Dean and Willingham. To your mind who is being civil here, and who is the aggressor?
Dean called it “flawed analysis” and said it was unfair to use the data to say students can’t read. Dean said the school will have outside consultants review their analysis of Willingham’s data.
“I’m not playing some kind of trick with this data,” Dean said. “This isn’t marginal. This is really quite central to the claims that have been made. And I take no joy in this. I think it’s very sad, actually.”
The school has stopped Willingham’s research until she receives approval from the school’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), saying she can’t continue to use data with information that could identify the subjects.
In an email to The Associated Press, Willingham said she is scheduled to go before the review board next week to go through the approval process.
“My data is 100 percent correct,” Willingham said. “In addition, I worked with the overwhelming majority of the students in the data set on reading and writing skills between 2004 and 2010.
“It’s interesting that my IRB was pulled and I was told that I could not talk about it until it was resolved, meanwhile the provost is allowed to discuss the findings. That is what is truly erroneous about all of this—and at a research university—wow. At UNC we protect our brand at all costs.”
And to think that there were a good many Trustees at Dartmouth who wanted Folt to be President. Fortunately, at least some members of our MBA Board could see a train wreck in the offing.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…