The Chronicle of Higher Education
October 28th, 2014
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently released the findings of a detailed investigation into “irregular” classes run through the African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM) department.
For those, like me, who proudly call themselves Tar Heels, the
investigation provided plenty of disappointments: Students received
credit for courses that never met and papers filled with unoriginal
text. Support staff connected to university athletics—evidently aware
that certain AFAM classes had inexcusably low standards and offered a
way to inflate GPAs—shepherded students to those classes. One email from
an academic counselor seemed to express indifference to student
plagiarism—an astonishing breach of academic integrity.
Upsetting though these findings are, they are not what saddened me
the most. The most disturbing revelation was the number of students who
partook in the “paper” classes: at least 3,100.