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Title: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: y04185 on October 22, 2014, 03:12:03 PM
Read more (http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/unc-academic-and-athletic-officials-steered-student-athletes-to-bogus-classes-181214478.html)

UNC probe reveals approximately 1,500 student-athletes took bogus classes

The University of North Carolina Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes was found culpable of creating easy, non-show classes that catered to student-athletes in an effort to give them better grades.

Kenneth Wainstein, a former top U.S. Justice Department official, said during a press conference Wednesday that academic counselors ushered as many as 3,100 students – approximately 1,500 of them student-athletes – into bogus classes that were geared toward keeping student-athletes eligible for play over the past 18 years (1993-2011).

The academic impropriety in Wainstein's report is far greater than previously reported by the school or to the NCAA.

Wainstein said many academic and athletic officials knew about the scheme, which began with Deborah Crowder, a longtime manager for the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, and gave student-athletes inflated grades for what Wainstein termed “paper classes.”
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: Jay_Thomas on October 22, 2014, 03:31:43 PM
Its a no-brainer why this was done for some student-athletes.....


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Kenneth Wainstein, a former top U.S. Justice Department official, said during a press conference Wednesday that academic counselors ushered as many as 3,100 students – approximately 1,500 of them student-athletes – into bogus classes that were geared toward keeping student-athletes eligible for play over the past 18 years (1993-2011)

....but out of 3100, I'm curious as to the motivation for pushing non-student-athletes in to Micky Mouse classes...........?   :shrug:
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: Mosadi on October 22, 2014, 04:00:53 PM
Its a no-brainer why this was done for some student-athletes.....


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Kenneth Wainstein, a former top U.S. Justice Department official, said during a press conference Wednesday that academic counselors ushered as many as 3,100 students – approximately 1,500 of them student-athletes – into bogus classes that were geared toward keeping student-athletes eligible for play over the past 18 years (1993-2011)

....but out of 3100, I'm curious as to the motivation for pushing non-student-athletes in to Micky Mouse classes...........?   :shrug:

Not everyone was steered into the classes. According to the report the fraternities learned of the classes and started taking them for easy grades.  At one point, Crowder and the academic support staff became annoyed because they believed the frats would crowd out the student-athletes. 

More interesting to me is that the academic support staff gave a Powerpoint presentation with the following slide when Debbie Crowder was about to retire.  Most of the football staff including Butch Davis was present.

(http://chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/files/2014/10/Screen-Shot-2014-10-22-at-10.43.39-AM.png)
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: Jay_Thomas on October 22, 2014, 04:28:17 PM
 :blush: i See!
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: Maroon and Gray on October 22, 2014, 08:50:49 PM
At UNC the hits just keep on coming.    :snicker
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: CU1994 on October 22, 2014, 09:50:09 PM
 :lmao:

UNC ain't the only one. Why do y'all think none of the big time programs are getting hit with APR issues? Its the HBCUs and smaller schools like Saint Francis PA. That's right, Saint Francis PA has been hit with APR sanctions and all those Ivy league schools in the SEC have no issues. ::)
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: Decks on October 23, 2014, 08:54:39 AM
So they are trying to say the coaches weren't aware? ........Bullsh*t!



Teflon Tarheels      ::)
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: CU1994 on October 23, 2014, 09:13:55 AM
So they are trying to say the coaches weren't aware? ........Bullsh*t!



Teflon Tarheels   FBS ::) fixed that for ya FBS stands for full of bull s**t
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: KHawk on October 23, 2014, 09:25:02 AM
Does this really surprise anyone?  I am sure UNC is not the only school who does this is some disguised form or another.  In a sense it is a form of exploitation.  They bring in marginal academically prepared "student athletes" to compete at the highest level.  They have to keep them eligible to play.  Have you ever noticed the majority of vehicles a lot of these kids drive?  I work every day, am retired from the military and I can't afford most of them.  IJS!!!
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: oldsport on October 23, 2014, 09:27:42 AM
Not surprising this scandal hit squarely on a BS program like African-American Studies. This course of study is legendary for it's light weight academic strength. Unfortunately, this young athletics caught up in this scam will more than likely be majority black. (I bet dollars to donuts some liberal do-gooder thought this scheme up...You know liberals always have good intentions for black folk that always seem to go awry.)

I just keep reflecting on the good advice Justice Thomas gave to one you black man headed off to college. To bad white liberals want to cancel out people like Justice Thomas less more young black people listen to his sage and wise advice.

Cedric is invited to meet Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the only African American Supreme Court Justice. They meet in Thomas’s office at the Supreme Court Building. Thomas is still suffering from the publicity of the confirmation hearings and the accusations of sexual harassment from Anita Hill. Thomas had read about Cedric in the newspaper and generously shares his memories of his climb to the top and all the obstacles he had to overcome.
 
Thomas warns him about losing his identity at Brown around the smart white kids. He should always be himself and avoid being sucked into any group. He should avoid the courses on African American studies and take solid academic courses. He must outwork the others since they have advantages. He will not have a second chance if he fails, and he will not be able to go back to his old world and might not fit in the new one either.

http://www.novelguide.com/a-hope-in-the-unseen/summaries/chapter5
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: Devin on October 23, 2014, 09:45:35 AM
If you think only just academically ill-prepared student-athletes are being steered toward easy classes, then I got beach front property to sell you in Greenland.
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: eagle pride on October 23, 2014, 09:55:42 AM
Noooooo, not my Tar Heels. :'( :'( :'( :brickwall: :'( :'(  And African American Studies. :shrug:  No, not us. :'( :'(
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: punchy on October 23, 2014, 10:05:18 AM
I would have loved to take a course on African American Studies and History. There is so much I DON'T know,,,,,,,, :no:
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: CU1994 on October 23, 2014, 11:01:02 AM
And there goes Old Clown with is Tom Foolery B.S.  :no:
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: oldsport on October 23, 2014, 11:34:53 AM
I would have loved to take a course on African American Studies and History. There is so much I DON'T know,,,,,,,, :no:

Get a couple of good book by noted black historians. This is how I learned my African-American history and other matters about African-Americans. If you need the name of sources and material, just let me know.
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: CU1994 on October 23, 2014, 11:49:38 AM
I would have loved to take a course on African American Studies and History. There is so much I DON'T know,,,,,,,, :no:

Get a couple of good book by noted black historians. This is how I learned my African-American history and other matters about African-Americans. If you need the name of sources and material, just let me know.

When we do the same for white history, then we can have a conversation. Until then, keep steppin and fetchin.
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: EB on October 23, 2014, 11:52:38 AM
This is not the first time something like this happened, and it could be for a number of "majors" on many campuses.

I would have loved to take a course on African American Studies and History. There is so much I DON'T know,,,,,,,, :no:

Get a couple of good book by noted black historians. This is how I learned my African-American history and other matters about African-Americans. If you need the name of sources and material, just let me know.

When we do the same for white history, then we can have a conversation. Until then, keep steppin and fetchin.

 :nod:
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: WileECoyote06 on October 23, 2014, 11:59:05 AM
It sounds to me like UNC should rescind 3100 degrees.    :tiptoe:
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: oldsport on October 23, 2014, 01:47:58 PM
This is not the first time something like this happened, and it could be for a number of "majors" on many campuses.

I would have loved to take a course on African American Studies and History. There is so much I DON'T know,,,,,,,, :no:

Get a couple of good book by noted black historians. This is how I learned my African-American history and other matters about African-Americans. If you need the name of sources and material, just let me know.

When we do the same for white history, then we can have a conversation. Until then, keep steppin and fetchin.

 :nod:

Um, I know of no course at most universities or college entitled "White Studies" get real K----.
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: Mosadi on October 23, 2014, 03:59:27 PM
This is not the first time something like this happened, and it could be for a number of "majors" on many campuses.

I would have loved to take a course on African American Studies and History. There is so much I DON'T know,,,,,,,, :no:

Get a couple of good book by noted black historians. This is how I learned my African-American history and other matters about African-Americans. If you need the name of sources and material, just let me know.

When we do the same for white history, then we can have a conversation. Until then, keep steppin and fetchin.

 :nod:

Um, I know of no course at most universities or college entitled "White Studies" get real K----.

The study of "whiteness" and the making of whiteness in the United States has been a significant topic of study in the social sciences (especially anthropology and sociology) and in the humanities (mostly history) for at least a decade.

Google Search for "Whiteness" Syllabi at American institutions of higher education:
https://www.google.com/search?q=%22whiteness%22+syllabus+site%3A.edu&oq=%22whiteness%22+syllabus+site%3A.edu&aqs=chrome..69i57.8839j0j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=91&ie=UTF-8 (https://www.google.com/search?q=%22whiteness%22+syllabus+site%3A.edu&oq=%22whiteness%22+syllabus+site%3A.edu&aqs=chrome..69i57.8839j0j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=91&ie=UTF-8)
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: CU1994 on October 23, 2014, 03:59:40 PM
This is not the first time something like this happened, and it could be for a number of "majors" on many campuses.

I would have loved to take a course on African American Studies and History. There is so much I DON'T know,,,,,,,, :no:

Get a couple of good book by noted black historians. This is how I learned my African-American history and other matters about African-Americans. If you need the name of sources and material, just let me know.

When we do the same for white history, then we can have a conversation. Until then, keep steppin and fetchin.

 :nod:

Um, I know of no course at most universities or college entitled "White Studies" get real K----.

I guess you never heard of European Studies. :shrug: It's interesting that you focused on the courses rather than the institution. We all know you would have focused on the institution rather than the courses if it was an HBCU. You are the poster child for post traumatic slavery syndrome.  :no:
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: oldsport on October 23, 2014, 04:36:27 PM
This is not the first time something like this happened, and it could be for a number of "majors" on many campuses.

I would have loved to take a course on African American Studies and History. There is so much I DON'T know,,,,,,,, :no:

Get a couple of good book by noted black historians. This is how I learned my African-American history and other matters about African-Americans. If you need the name of sources and material, just let me know.

When we do the same for white history, then we can have a conversation. Until then, keep steppin and fetchin.

 :nod:

Um, I know of no course at most universities or college entitled "White Studies" get real K----.

I guess you never heard of European Studies. :shrug: It's interesting that you focused on the courses rather than the institution. We all know you would have focused on the institution rather than the courses if it was an HBCU. You are the poster child for post traumatic slavery syndrome.  :no:

 :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: May God help you and all K----s like you. You're such unhappy people.
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: Dog in Me on October 23, 2014, 04:55:59 PM
I recall not long ago there was a white linebacker at USC(south Carolina) that had the same major. Think his last name was Lindsay. He and his twin played there. Hmmmm
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: Dog in Me on October 23, 2014, 05:00:02 PM
Here is the course at USC. I've always wondered why at SCSU this course isn't offered being an HBCU particularly.



African American Studies: What to Expect

African American studies majors at the University of South Carolina have the opportunity to pursue their own intellectual interest by working closely with outstanding faculty. You will learn about the history, culture, and contemporary situations of African Americans in South Carolina, the South, the United States, and beyond. The African American studies major is designed for highly motivated and intellectually adventurous students who have a serious interest in learning more about African American life. The program is set apart from other universities by its research specializations in South Carolina’s black communities, particularly in Civil Rights Era, Black Women’s History, and Sea Islands language and literature. As an African American studies major, you will be exposed to exciting and rigorous coursework and develop an understanding of race and the African American experience, as well as the dynamics of the African Diaspora. You can also attend the annual Robert Smalls Lecture Series, which brings leading-edge research in African American studies to the general pubic. Through required coursework, you will be able to develop service-learning experience by applying your knowledge in local civic organizations, public agencies, churches, and institutes of research.

The following courses fulfill some of the course requirements for a Bachelor of Arts with a major in African American studies:
•Introduction to African American Studies before 1900
•Introduction to African American Studies after 1900
•Seminar in African American Studies

Some additional unique and interesting courses offered by the major include:
•Race and Science Fiction
•The Anthropological View of Blacks in Film

Enhancing your Experience

Study Abroad allows you to earn academic credits toward your USC degree while seeing the world! Overseas study can complement any academic program or major. You may also choose to intern, volunteer, or conduct research abroad. You are encouraged to visit the Study Abroad Web site for more information on opportunities to broaden and extend your knowledge and perspectives.
Student Organizations can be instrumental in helping you adjust to life on campus and network within your field. The University of South Carolina has a family of over 400 student organizations. African American studies majors are encouraged to join the African American Studies Student Colloquium. This will give you the opportunity to interact with other students and faculty in social settings, attend scholarly seminars within the discipline, and participate in career development workshops. Getting involved in organizations that interest you can help you network, meet new friends, and develop leadership skills. Find a student organization on campus that interests you!
Distinguished Faculty can help enhance your overall academic experience while at the University. As an African American studies major, you will be able to learn from distinguished faculty who have published notable works. Faculty members include Dr. Todd Shaw, author of Now is the Time!: Detroit Black Politics and Grassroots Activism; Dr. Kimberly Simmons, author of Reconstruction Racial Identity and the African Past in the Dominican Republic; Dr. Qiana Whitted, author of “A God of Justice?”: The Problem of Evil in Twentieth-Century Black Literature; and Dr. Valinda Littlefield, editor of South Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times.
Graduate School is one of the many possibilities following graduation. African American studies majors often pursue graduate degrees in law, business, and public health.
Departmental Scholarships may be awarded to outstanding students. Each year the African American Studies Program offers the Grace Jordan McFadden Fellowship to a third year student at USC.

Internship and Research Opportunities

Internships can be an important asset to your overall educational experience. Internship experiences often help you confirm your career interests, give you hands-on experience in a professional setting, help build your resume, reinforce what you’ve learned in class and can often lead to full-time employment. Likewise, pursuing professional research opportunities as an undergraduate student can also help enrich your academic experience while at the University. As an undergraduate student, you can work closely with faculty research mentors and explore a discipline that interests you. Both internship and research opportunities help you build a competitive edge in the job market.

As a USC student you will have numerous resources at your disposal to assist you with locating internship and research opportunities. The USC Career Center is the central location at USC for assisting students with internship preparation and finding an internship. In addition, be sure to visit your academic department as many programs offer supplemental internship guidance specific to your major. The Office of Undergraduate Research assists all USC undergraduates by providing research and scholarly experiences in their chosen fields.

Student Spotlight

African American studies and political science major Hakeem Jefferson had the opportunity to travel to New Orleans to present his research findings at the Southern Political Science Association’s annual meeting. Hakeem conducted undergraduate research through the Magellan Scholars program. His research project was entitled “Implicit Racial Closeness and Support for Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential Election.” He worked alongside Dr. Todd Shaw, Assistant Professor Thomas Craemer from the University of Connecticut, and another undergraduate researcher. His primary duties included assisting in the analysis of online survey data while helping to unpack the results. “I learned the value of statistical data in the social sciences,” he said. “Being able to theorize is important, but it’s even better when data can support your theory.” Hakeem said the courses he took while at the University helped him become more intellectually curious, which proved beneficial during his research experience. “Dr. Shaw and others had inspired in me a desire to ask tough questions, and quite frankly, that’s what research is all about,” he said. Hakeem was able to develop additional skills during his experience. “Being engaged in undergraduate research allowed me to hone my verbal and written communication skills, helped me better understand statistical analyses, and made me a much better student overall,” he said. Hakeem encourages current students to take advantage of undergraduate research opportunities while at Carolina. “Talk to professors about the work they’re doing,” he suggests. “Think about tough questions you are interested in asking and then apply for the Magellan Scholars undergraduate research grant.”

Career Opportunities

African American studies majors often pursue careers in education, politics, law, and business. Many graduates also go on to get careers in public health, social work, tourism, non-profit management, and the arts. Graduates often receive a salary of $35,000 and $50,000 within the first five years following graduation.

You can find more information about career options in the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.

The USC Career Center offers numerous resources which provide more information about career opportunities for students in this major. Once admitted, a Career Development Coach  is available to help you assess your interest areas, make decisions about your career path, and identify the experiences and skills that will help you accomplish your goals. Spur Connections will help you locate mentors from among USC alumni, employers and community members who can provide insights based on their careers and experiences. Early planning and preparation are keys to success.

About the African American Studies Program

The African American Studies Program at the University focuses on academic strengths that include black political and social movements, African-American literature, and comparative cultural anthropology. The program also features an annual Robert Scott Smalls Lecture Series that brings nationally-renown scholars and researchers in African American studies to the general public. The African American Studies Program is in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Additional Resources
African American Studies Website
College of Arts and Sciences Website
University Career Center
Undergraduate Bulletin



Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: eagle pride on October 23, 2014, 06:12:27 PM
I am feeling a little different about this now.  When the same thing happens to blacks, it's fraud. :shrug:  Being that it wasn't just for athletics, all I say that it was just an easy major. 
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: RamMan4Life on October 24, 2014, 09:53:48 AM
I'm not understanding how they think a coach wasn't aware of this activity. It also happens a LOT more than people realize. I've seen what gets sent up to college........ :shrug:
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: Ramese98 on October 24, 2014, 10:33:32 AM
I remember when the story first broke and this is what blew up on Twitter:

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Julius Hodge‏
@Follow24Hodge
As much as I delight in minimal anguish for UNC.. This dude McCants is a certified "nut job". Anyone who knows him know that #dontbelievehim

Joe Ovies‏ @joeovies·43 mins
Done. RT @Follow24Hodge: I need an hour today guys. 140 characters does no justice 4da verbal lashing I have for this snitch McCants!

Ryan Switzer‏ @Switz03·15 mins
Shoot if there are "easy" classes or a way I can just "show up and play ball" let me know!! Bc I have yet to be introduced to such scam

Leslie McDonald‏ @Lezz_McDonald2·8 mins
Nothing was ever given to me, I earned it! #Fact

John Henson ‏@_John_Henson_·10 mins
That boy is certified bonkers.

Kendall Marshall‏ @KButter5·30 mins
#clown

Dexter Strickland‏ @DStrick01·36 mins
Never feel the need to bad mouth others to get on! Grind & work hard to get what you deserve!

Dexter Strickland‏ @DStrick01·45 mins
It's sad how people will do anything for notoriety!

John Henson ‏@_John_Henson_·1m
Crazy that someone so disreputable would try to tarnish something so special.

Kendall Marshall‏ @KButter5·1m
fraudulent.

Wayne Ellington @WayneElli22: Rashad McCants is out of his mind.

Eric Ebron @Ebron85: Rashad McCants Can Speak For Himself. Don't Put Us (UNC) In Your Educational Struggles.

Not sure who pissed McCants off, but he got the last laugh on all of them, there is nothing like vindication
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: Decks on October 24, 2014, 10:51:09 AM
I'm sure Mary Willingham also feels vindicated.
Title: Re: UNC's Vast Academic Fraud
Post by: Ken on October 25, 2014, 12:04:25 PM
A&M in Texas does the same thing with agriculture courses and Duke does the same thing with social studies- I remember the University of the district of columbia had a leisure studies major.