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UNC-Chapel Hill posts SACSCOC letter about accreditation decision

UNC has posted a July 1, 2015 letter from its regional accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), which provided additional information about action its Board of Trustees took on June 11, 2015. Sent as part of the commission’s standard protocol, the letter also detailed information SACSCOC would like the University to provide. (UNC.edu)

UNC Receives Accreditors’ Letter

The University of North Carolina has received its expected letter from its accreditation agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, detailing SACS’ decision in mid-June to place the University on probation for one year. The probation decision came after SACS’ second review of UNC’s academics-athletics case and UNC’s action in response to it. (UNC.edu)

UNC seeks ad agency to freshen ESPN commercial

UNC-Chapel Hill is soliciting ad agencies to build a new television campaign to run on ESPN channels during football and basketball games. The “brand spot will be the primary paid advertising for the University for the year and so will need to clearly and compellingly share Carolina’s message,” according to a request for information put out by UNC. (Triangle Business Journal)

What's next for UNC athletic program?

North Carolina received the Notice of Allegations on May 20 and has 90 days to respond. That makes the deadline Aug. 18. The next step would be a hearing with the NCAA's Committee on Infractions. Likely happening at some point in the fall, the committee would hear arguments from both the investigators and the school and rule on what, if any, sanctions will be levied. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC AD: On-field success 'overshadowed' by academic case

UNC earned another high finish among Division I college sports programs after a season of strong tournament showings. The Tar Heels also dealt with another year of off-field issues, including an NCAA investigation into academics. Athletic director Bubba Cunningham cited high points that included 25 of 28 teams competing in postseason play and an overall 2.96 GPA for athletes. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Faculty Executive Committee discussed accreditation and possible new course on collegiate athletics

Faculty members discussed a possible new undergraduate course on intercollegiate athletics at the last Faculty Executive Committee meeting. The new course would allow students to explore the complicated relationship between athletics and academics. The committee hopes to use the “Nike Course” taught in 1998 as a model for this potential class. (Daily Tar Heel)

Nicki Moore Hired As Senior Associate AD

The University of North Carolina has hired Nicki Moore, an 11-year member of the University of Oklahoma’s athletics leadership team, as a senior associate athletics director, UNC director of athletics Bubba Cunningham announced Wednesday. Moore is currently in her third year as the Sooners’ senior associate AD for student life and strategic planning and the senior woman administrator. (GoHeels.com)

Message from Chancellor Carol L. Folt on Chancellor Aycock

It is with heavy heart that I am writing to let you know of the passing of William B. Aycock ‘48, Chancellor of UNC-Chapel Hill from 1957 until 1964 and a truly beloved leader and faculty member over a 40-year association with Carolina. Chancellor Aycock, who was the University’s second chancellor and would have turned 100 this October, was the retired Kenan Professor of Law at UNC School of Law. (UNC.edu)

Transfers, Williams' contract shed light on UNC's expectations

There's an old saying that often applies in sports journalism: "Watch what they do, not what they say." Applying that age-old logic to recent news coming out of UNC's athletic department, we can begin to see a pattern forming which may shed some light on the university's expectations in terms of NCAA punishment. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Court: UNC-CH must pay fired professor for time spent in Argentine jail

The state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that UNC violated its policies by placing a tenured professor on unpaid leave after his 2012 arrest on drug-smuggling charges in Argentina. The court ordered Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour to determine how much back pay is owed to Paul Frampton, whom the university fired last year for "personal misconduct and neglect of duty." (WRAL.com)

UNC Gets $15M Grant for ‘Heart Health Now!’ Initiative

A recent $15 million health care grant to UNC is just the first step toward promoting healthier, longer lives for heart patients throughout North Carolina. “We can really help practices – especially those that don’t have a lot of infrastructure support – rapidly disseminate new information, and get their patients better outcomes,” said UNC Associate Professor of Medicine Sam Cykert of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC-Chapel Hill. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC receives $3 million grant to boost retention, graduation rates

Carolina is upping its game to boost retention and graduation rates for first-generation and historically underserved college students with a $3 million grant from President Obama’s “First in the World” competition through the U.S. Department of Education. The Department of Education awarded $75 million to 24 institutions. Competition was keen: Nearly 500 institutions applied. (UNC.edu)

Message from Chancellor Carol L. Folt on accreditation decision

Let me use this opportunity to underscore again that the University remains accredited. The Commission’s decision to impose a period of probation will have no impact on federal funding, including financial aid available to students and research grants awarded to faculty. All great institutions encounter challenges at one time or another. Recent years prove that Carolina is no exception. (UNC.edu)

UNC gets probation from accrediting agency

A group that accredits UNC announced Thursday that it's sanctioning UNC over the so-called paper-classes scandal. Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges decided this week to put the school on probation for a year, said Belle Wheelan, the group's president. The decision cited seven different violations of the group's policies, including one that said UNC had failed to uphold a requirement to conduct itself with integrity. (Durham Herald-Sun)

News & Observer must address culture that led to misguided editorials

The News & Observer published yet another editorial on Wednesday about what the NCAA should do regarding the paper class scandal at North Carolina. Sigh. Look, I really don’t want to be “that guy” who writes takedown pieces any time someone says something bad about UNC. That being said, this editorial, like the Patrick O’Neill op-ed, must be looked at section-by-section to clarify a few things. (Tar Heel Depot)

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