Carol L. Folt

Carolina's 11th Chancellor

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CAROL L. FOLT took office as Carolina's 11th chancellor and first woman leader on July 1, 2013.

An internationally recognized environmental scientist and award- winning teacher, Folt served as interim president of Dartmouth College during 2012-2013. She also was Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences at the prestigious Ivy League institution. Read more...

“I believe that Carolina can be the leader in shaping the path for the great public universities in America. By preserving excellence and innovation, access and affordability, and a deep commitment to the state, we can gather strength to innovate and meet new challenges.”

Carol Folt

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Carol L. Folt

Carolina's 11th Chancellor

Carol Folt in front of the South Building

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CAROL L. FOLT took office as Carolina's 11th chancellor and first woman leader on July 1, 2013.

An internationally recognized environmental scientist and award- winning teacher, Folt served as interim president of Dartmouth College during 2012-2013. She also was Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences at the prestigious Ivy League institution. Read more...

“I believe that Carolina can be the leader in shaping the path for the great public universities in America. By preserving excellence and innovation, access and affordability, and a deep commitment to the state, we can gather strength to innovate and meet new challenges.”

Carol Folt

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Carol L. Folt

Carolina's 11th Chancellor

Carol Folt in front of the South Building

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CAROL L. FOLT took office as Carolina's 11th chancellor and first woman leader on July 1, 2013.

An internationally recognized environmental scientist and award- winning teacher, Folt served as interim president of Dartmouth College during 2012-2013. She also was Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences at the prestigious Ivy League institution. Read more...

“I believe that Carolina can be the leader in shaping the path for the great public universities in America. By preserving excellence and innovation, access and affordability, and a deep commitment to the state, we can gather strength to innovate and meet new challenges.”

Carol Folt

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Update from the Chancellor

August 16, 2012

Dear Carolina Trustees, Faculty and Staff,

This has been a year of great accomplishments and, at the same time, significant challenges.

This weekend, we will welcome nearly 4,000 outstanding first-year students whom we accepted from a record 29,000 applicants, up 24 percent over last year. Our faculty brought in an estimated $767 million in research funding despite a challenging federal budget picture. Alumni and friends stepped up their private giving for our second best year ever. With the state budget stabilized, the General Assembly provided for modest faculty and staff raises for the first time in four years. And we have launched a campus-wide initiative to develop our 21st-Century Vision of the Public University.

Against this backdrop of achievement, we disclosed in May serious breaches of academic integrity that had occurred in our Department of African and Afro-American Studies. We forced the retirement of Professor Julius Nyang’oro, who had earlier stepped down as department chair. A former departmental manager had long ago retired from the University. They were the only people implicated in the investigation. Throughout, we have kept our Board of Trustees, UNC President Ross and the leadership of the Board of Governors informed. We have been and are continuing to conduct our review in a deliberate and careful manner. Our focus every day remains on fixing the problems and ensuring they never happen again.

We also had four extensive reviews that examined what went wrong and recommended improvements and new safeguards. We are implementing every recommendation made in these reports:

The Review of Courses in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies: a departmental review that found 54 irregularly taught courses among 616 offered between summer 2007 and summer 2011.

Report on Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes: an examination of ways to better serve the academic needs of student-athletes following the relocation of the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes to the Loudermilk Center for Excellence.

Independent Study Task Force Report: an assessment of independent study practices throughout the College of Arts and Sciences that produced recommendations for consistent policies college-wide to be implemented beginning this semester.

Faculty Executive Committee Report: a faculty-led examination of the University’s reviews of courses in the African and Afro-American Studies department and independent studies, with a focus on identifying issues that contributed to the academic problems and recommendations for next steps.

In addition, a panel of the UNC Board of Governors began its own review last month to assess our investigative work and to determine whether the steps we have taken and proposed are reasonable and adequate to protect the University’s academic integrity and help prevent a similar situation from occurring again. We are cooperating fully in that effort.

As we start the new school year, I want to share what we have done so far and the additional steps we are taking to ensure integrity.

Former Governor James G. Martin agrees to lead continuing review of courses

As part of our ongoing review of academic irregularities disclosed in May in our review of courses in African and Afro-American Studies, we have been reviewing the extent to which irregularities may have occurred prior to 2007. In consultation with our Board of Trustees and UNC President Tom Ross, we have asked James G. Martin, former N.C. governor and a former professor at Davidson College, to lead an independent review of any additional academic irregularities that may have occurred. Governor Martin’s expanded review will be assisted by Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, a national management consulting firm with extensive experience in academic performance audit procedures and controls. Members of the Board of Trustees, President Ross and I all believe that this is an important step in rebuilding the confidence that you deserve to have in our academic integrity. This review will begin immediately.

Governor Martin and Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP will provide their findings to the UNC Board of Governors panel that is now assessing the University’s previous investigation. We will then ask Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP to review the new academic performance policies, procedures and controls that we have already implemented to ensure that they represent best practices and, if not, to make specific recommendations for improvement. We are determined to make sure that our internal controls are such that irregularities of the past will not recur.

Appointment of Hunter Rawlings to examine the role of athletics in the life of the University

In its report, the Faculty Executive Committee acknowledged the complicated relationship between academics and athletics and recommended that I appoint outside experts to provide an independent, comprehensive analysis of that relationship. I agree that finding the right balance is essential, and we have the opportunity now to determine where we want to be in the future.

I have asked Hunter Rawlings, president of the Association of American Universities (AAU), to help us examine the appropriate future relationship between academics and athletics at the University. The AAU is the association of 61 preeminent public and private research universities. Hunter’s credentials are impressive. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was president of the University of Iowa and Cornell University. His degrees are in classics – from Haverford and a Ph.D. from Princeton. He also brings personal experience as a student-athlete. While he was in college, he was the star of the men’s basketball team, and he pitched for the baseball team.

We will launch this effort after Governor Martin and Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP complete their independent review and after the Board of Governors’ panel wraps up its work. Our goal is to engage the entire campus community in a meaningful discussion and analysis of the role of athletics in the life of the University.

Changes in the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Karen Gil, Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham, the Board of Trustees and I have been examining ways to strengthen the intersection of academics and athletics. Our plans reflect excellent ideas from members of our faculty and are entirely consistent with the report issued by the 2011 Task Force on Athletics and Academics commissioned by President Ross. That report recommended that academic affairs be “fully in control” of academic support services related to athletics.

We are implementing plans now to:

Changes in the Department of Athletics

Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham is the right person to help us move forward. He wants our student-athletes to get a world-class education, with high academic standards. To that end, he and College Dean Karen Gil are working collaboratively to strengthen the connections between academics and athletics.

Bubba recently completed a comprehensive analysis of the department and has reorganized to strengthen the department. He has hired two new staff members.

Senior Associate Athletic Director Vince Ille comes from the University of Illinois, where he was first an assistant athletic director for compliance and then a senior athletic director. He will be the liaison with academic advising and counseling for student-athletes. Bubba has made clear that these functions remain independent of athletics and are part of the College of Arts and Sciences. Vince will coordinate with the College. He will also supervise the compliance program and work with staff to minimize the risk of NCAA infractions.

Associate Director Paul Pogge was associate athletic director for strategic planning and partnerships at the University of Denver. He will assist in coordinating student-athlete eligibility, the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rankings, risk assessment and summer camps.

A wide range of improvements in the Department, the College and the University

The Department of African and Afro-American Studies, all of the departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Summer School all have new policies and procedures in place to prevent irregularities going forward:

Summary

I am a graduate of this great University, I have served on its faculty, and I am proud now to be the chancellor. The academic issues that we have confronted are unacceptable for our University, and we are intent on resolving them. Nothing is more important than restoring integrity to this University that we all love.

The great things we have accomplished would not be possible without your hard work and dedication to this University. So thank you for all that you do for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sincerely,

Holden Thorp


Carol L. Folt

Carolina's 11th Chancellor

Carol Folt in front of the South Building

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CAROL L. FOLT took office as Carolina's 11th chancellor and first woman leader on July 1, 2013.

An internationally recognized environmental scientist and award- winning teacher, Folt served as interim president of Dartmouth College during 2012-2013. She also was Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences at the prestigious Ivy League institution. Read more...

“I believe that Carolina can be the leader in shaping the path for the great public universities in America. By preserving excellence and innovation, access and affordability, and a deep commitment to the state, we can gather strength to innovate and meet new challenges.”

Carol Folt

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