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UNC academics investigation could wrap up this summer
The results of an independent inquiry into academic irregularities at UNC are expected this summer. Chancellor Carol Folt said during a meeting of the UNC Board of Trustees on Thursday that she’s ready to see the results of Kenneth L...

Judge Sides With UNC in N&O Records Suit
A Wake County judge on Monday denied The News & Observer access to a record the newspaper had sought as part of its coverage of Carolina’s nearly four-year-long academic fraud case. The N&O sued the University in January after UNC...

A Fool's Argument: Jay Smith's Poor Defense of Willingham's Research
Jay Smith should stop speaking for Mary Willingham. Although he is clearly more articulate than her in general, he nonetheless reveals his glaring ignorance of educational assessment whenever he comments on the subject. I would never engage Smith in a...

Faculty Athletics Committee looks toward the future
The Faculty Athletics Committee is determined not to be stuck in the past. “We shouldn’t just be in a defensive and apologetic posture,” said committee member Kimberly Strom-Gottfried in reference to the athletic scandals. “We want forward progress.” The...

IRB Basics and How Willingham Got It All Wrong
The release of Mary Willingham's research application has generated many questions about the IRB process, and her comments following this revelation demonstrate the disconnect between how research of this type should be conducted and what she actually did...

Questions arise about UNC student-athlete research, privacy concerns
Ethics officers at UNC never approved Mary Willingham’s research into student-athletes because, they wrote, it didn’t seem to meet a threshold that would require approval. But that, according to Daniel K. Nelson, director of UNC’s Office of Human Research Ethics,...

Bethel to File HIPAA Complaint regarding Willingham’s research
UNC learning specialist Bradley Bethel says he believes Mary Willingham’s research and subsequent application violates the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) as well as The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). He says he plans to compose...

Mary Willingham Appears to Have Misrepresented Her Research
Mary Willingham's research application has been released and in it she says she is researching incidence of ADHD and learning disabilities, but more important she says she will be using data that cannot be connected to individual students. Yet the...

Mary Willingham's Research Application Released
Mary Willingham may have broken the promise of confidentiality she made when applying for her research, which resulted in her claims of illiteracy among UNC student-athletes. Thursday the University released former academic advisor and reading specialist Mary Willingham’s 2013 application...

Audio: Bethel - UNC Hands Tied
UNC learning specialist and author of Coaching the Mind, Bradley Bethel says the University has to be careful with finger-pointing and laying blame on individuals for legal reasons. He says it’s hard for the University to be completely forthcoming with...

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