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April 8, 2015

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the UNC Scandal

George Leef

George Leef reviews Cheated, an expose of the recent UNC scandal written by two faculty members. 

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February 6, 2015

Forfeiting Education: Sports and Collegiate Culture

Madison Iszler

The recent college sports scandals at UNC and elsewhere reveal deeper problems in the current culture of higher education.

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March 21, 2012

Core Curricula off the Court

Ashley Chandler

In the midst of March madness, Ashley Chandler finds that six teams in the top 64 represent colleges and universities that provide core curricula.

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August 22, 2011

Special Treatment for Star Football Players

George Leef

In case anyone doubts that it happens, read this piece from the Raleigh News & Observer. Would any other student be allowed to take a dubious 400 level course in his first semester and then take the remedial writing course he needs?

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July 11, 2011

Academic Fraud and Plagiarism Scandal at UNC

George Leef

A UNC football star is embroiled in a case involving fraud and plagiarism. My former Pope Center colleague Jon Sanders has the details here. The most disturbing part of this is the "Aw, let's just forget about it" attitude from top officials.

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April 18, 2011

"The First Book I've Ever Read"...No Comment

Ashley Thorne

A UConn senior, an athlete, reads a book for the first time.

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January 14, 2011

Duke Gang of 88 Member to NEH

George Leef

A Pope Center piece tells of President Obama's appointing Duke professor Cathy Davidson, a "Gang of 88" member who was champing at the bit to have the accused lacrosse players punished for a crime that didn't happen, to the National Endowme...

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November 19, 2008

Good Sports

Peter Wood

How the college sports industry undermines higher education

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September 24, 2008

Crying Out Loud

Glenn Ricketts

Scholarships for cheerleaders but none for history readers

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August 15, 2008

Olympic Ironies

Ashley Thorne

Perhaps the Olympic spirit reflects good, instinctual, but stifled life principles - rejected especially by higher education. Enjoy it while you can.

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