A new article from CNN isn’t helping the University of North Carolina’s image when it comes to student-athletes and their education. A former learning specialist at the university, Mary Willingham, told CNN she dealt with several student-athletes who couldn’t read or write.
A study conducted by Willingham found that, out of 183 UNC student-athletes who played football or basketball from 2004 to 2012, 60 percent read between fourth- and eighth-grade reading levels. Even worse, between eight and ten percent read below a third-grade level.
“So what are the classes they are going to take to get a degree here?” she asked. “You cannot come here with a third-, fourth- or fifth-grade education and get a degree here.”
Willingham admitted to helping the program cheat and signing off on letters claiming she witnessed no NCAA violations, when she really did. She told CNN the NCAA never interviewed her before determining no rules were broken in Chapel Hill.
Read more at CNN.com. I would tell you to forward this to your North Carolina friends, but they probably wouldn’t be able to read it.