March 6, 2014
-- Could intercollegiate athletics be distorting higher education? One problem with this, and it is a chronic problem, is that universities will often recruit athletes who, while they may be good at their sport, have little to no academic merits and are grossly under qualified to be enrolled at the institutions for which they are playing. The result is that in order to keep these players enrolled, the university will push these athletes through to graduation, usually through some form of academic fraud.
The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill is pumped full of corrupted courses designed for barely literate athletes to coast through their college careers. While UNC had been in the spotlight for academic fraud already, the full extent of the corruption was not realized until Mary Willingham, a reading tutor at UNC’s athletics department, went public with some shocking information she had garnered during her time with the university.
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