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Carol’s Sleight of Hand

Not only is Carol going to prove that there is no problem with UNC athletes’ academic achievement, she is going to energetically show that UNC Chapel Hill is a national leader(!) on the topic of the intersection of sports and scholarship. In order to distract people’s attention in Carolina from the endless exploitation of ill-prepared-for-university athletes, UNC is soon going to host a high level conference on college sports: The TruSport U Summit. Be ready for a great deal of UNC PR:

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Penn State will join with UNC in sponsoring the summit. Like two peas in a pod.

Addendum: Didn’t Jim Kim organize some kind of glossy learning collaborative about college students’ health and their drinking problems? Has anyone heard anything about that effort in a while? That said, it sure sounded impressive while it was in the offing.

Addendum: The Folt adminstration has announced that Willingham’s data are being reviewed by independent, outside experts, but the identities of the experts have not been disclosed. Way to go, Carol!

Addendum: A reader wrote in to accuse me of taking a cheap shot above at Penn State. He directed me to this information:

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State student-athletes continue to graduate well above their peers nationwide, earning record-setting academic performances, according to statistical information released by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The NCAA’s annual study of institutions across the nation revealed Penn State student-athletes at the University Park campus earned a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 88 percent compared to the 81 percent average for all Division I institutions for students entering from 2003-04 through the 2006-07 academic year.

The Nittany Lion basketball and Lady Lion basketball teams earned perfect Graduation Success Rates of 100 percent. The Penn State football team posted a GSR of 85 percent. All three programs delivered graduation figures at least 15 points higher than the national average for their sport.

Penn State consistently ranked in the top 3 among Big Ten Conference institutions across a variety of key NCAA graduation data comparisons (see below):

The superlative graduation data comes amidst a fall sports season that has three Penn State teams leading in their respective Big Ten standings (field hockey, men’s soccer and women’s volleyball) as the fall sports’ regular season winds down. During the 2012-13 academic year, Penn State won a school record 11 conference championships, including a record eight Big Ten titles.

He was right. Lumping Penn State with UNC was unthoughtful and unfair. Apologies.


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