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Columnist: UNC system wrestles with problems from within and without

Susan Ladd, columnist for the News & Record in Greensboro.

If you’ve been following our ongoing coverage of the UNC System and UNC Board of Governors, you should check out the latest piece from Susan Ladd, columnist for the News & Record in Greensboro.

In her column Ladd examines the self-inflicted damage of the way UNC handled the recent academic and athletic scandals and the struggles it faces as an increasingly politicized Board of Governors make sweeping changes.

“Politicizing and micromanaging the university is improper and dangerous. It threatens not only academic freedom but the university’s reputation and accreditation.

Equally dangerous is the shame UNC has brought upon itself with an egregious case of academic malfeasance created, sustained and justified by the university to protect its storied athletic program.”

Ladd, a UNC aluma, offers a personal perspective on the troubles of the university.

“I’m a Tar Heels sports fan, but I attended UNC because it was a rigorous and respected university and a UNC degree carried a special kind of credibility.

The university’s decision to deny or explain away this case of clear academic fraud discredits every degree bearing the UNC seal.

Worse, it provides ready ammunition for those already seeking to burn the institution to the ground.”

Make the time to read the whole column.

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