Hours after UNC-Chapel Hill released details of an independent investigation into academic fraud at the school, Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement:
“The finding of academic fraud is a disturbing reminder of what can happen, even at our flagship university, when we misplace priorities and have a lack of oversight. It is imperative that we ensure there is accountability at all of our universities to make sure we are upholding a culture in which students, parents and taxpayers are getting a return on our most important investment: education.
I’m again reminded of the words of former UNC system president Dr. William Friday, ‘People do not want their lifetime measured by how much their football team won or lost. There is something valuable they want measured on their intellectual tombstone when the time comes, and it will come.’ Dr. Friday words still ring true today.
I look forward to working with Chancellor Folt and all the chancellors to maintain North Carolina’s devotion to excellence in higher education.”
To read the full 136-page report on the scandal by Kenneth Wainstein, a former top U.S. Justice Department official, click here.