I’m Tom Ross, President of the University of North Carolina. And I want to begin by thanking each of you for being here today. I also want to thank you for your patience these past several months as we all waited for today to arrive.
The following University statement was released Monday, Oct. 20 about the upcoming release of the Wainstein findings:
Dear Carolina Community, I want to be the first to let you know that this Wednesday at 1 p.m., Kenneth Wainstein, a former federal prosecutor who we retained to investigate past academic irregularities at Carolina, will publicly release his report. At that event, UNC President Tom Ross and I will share our reactions to the report, our plans for responding, and also answer questions from the media.
The Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes’ new My Academic Plan initiative, launched in fall 2013, was developed with input from ASPSA’s academic counselors and student-athletes. It focuses on the development of weekly plans individually designed for student-athletes based on their preparedness, course selection and specific needs.
At UNC Chapel Hill, we evaluate student-athletes for admission the same way we evaluate all candidates: individually, comprehensively and holistically. We know each student possesses a unique combination of strengths and talents, hopes and dreams that enrich the Carolina community.
Last week, CNN reported on reading skills of student-athletes at U.S. public universities including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The story used a CNN-defined threshold for student-athletes being “college-literate” based on results from SAT and ACT college entrance exam scores (400 on SAT Critical Reading or Writing; 16 on ACT).