UNC Chancellor addresses student literacy
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WTVD) — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is once again defending their academics surrounding student-athletes.
According to WTVD, Chancellor Carol Folt sent out an e-mail Thursday to the campus community addressing reports about student literacy.
It comes as the university works to sort out research by Mary Willingham, a UNC learning specialist.
Willingham claims that dozens of Carolina student-athletes read at elementary and middle school levels.
She also has said only 10 percent of the athletes she screened were “functionally literate” and 39 percent were learning disabled.
The university has questioned the research, but former football player Michael Mcadoo called the academic environment for athletes at UNC “a scam,” in a recent interview with a local newspaper.
Meanwhile, Folt says she is taking the “claims very seriously.”
“We have been unable to reconcile these claims with either our own facts or with those data currently being cited as the source for the claims,” said wrote in part in the e-mail. “Nevertheless, we are investigating all the claims being made and, if they are found to have merit, I will take all appropriate actions.”