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Two Former Student Athletes Sue UNC and NCAA over Academic Scandal

Posted  01/29/15
By Marlene Koury The UNC academic scandal was first brought to light by one of Whistleblower Insider's nominees for Whistleblower of the Year, Mary Willingham, and was confirmed in the UNC-commissioned Wainstein report released last October.  The report found that, during an 18 year period, more than 3,100 students enrolled in sham classes and nearly half of those students were student athletes, many of whom were...

In Their Own Words - New York Times Editorial Board

Posted  01/28/15

--“UNTIL THE NCAA RECOGNIZES THAT SOME PLAYERS ARE ESSENTIALLY PROFESSIONALS, UNIVERSITIES WILL CONTINUE TO TREAT THEIR EDUCATION LIKE THE FIG LEAF IT IS.”

New York Times Editorial Board on the recently filed lawsuit by two former University of North Carolina athletes challenging the school with academic fraud for how it educates its top athletes.  Click here for more.

Whistleblower Spotlight -- UNC Whistleblower Mary Willingham

Posted  12/11/14
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="262"] Photo Credit: ESPN[/caption] By Gordon Schnell This week's "Whistleblower Spotlight" features Mary Willingham, the former academic adviser at the University of North Carolina who went public on what she sees as the university's major failings in educating its big money athletes. In a talk she gave last week at the Durham Sports Club (as reported in WRAL.com),...

DOJ Catch of the Week -- Maricopa County Community College District

Posted  12/5/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "catch of the week" goes to Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD).  This is the Phoenix-based entity responsible for operating community colleges in Maricopa County, Arizona.  On Monday, the MCCCD agreed to pay $4.08 million to resolve charges it violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to the Corporation for...

Report on UNC Scandal Finds 18 Years of Academic Fraud

Posted  10/23/14
By Marlene Koury UNC just released a report on the academic scandal that has plagued its African and Afro-American Studies department since former UNC learning specialist Mary Willingham blew the whistle on the department's sham classes. The report found that, during an 18 year period, more than 3,100 students enrolled in the department's "paper classes" and nearly half of those students were student athletes, many...

UNC Whistleblower Files Retaliation Lawsuit

Posted  07/3/14
By Marlene Koury UNC is in the spotlight again after whistleblower Mary Willingham filed a retaliation lawsuit earlier this week against the university alleging she was demoted from her position as reading specialist for speaking out about academic fraud. She also alleges that UNC created a hostile work environment that ultimately drove her to leave her job in May. She filed her lawsuit on the same day that the...

Losing Focus – The “Irrational Exuberance” Surrounding College Sports

Posted  04/24/14
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Most of us are well familiar with the multi-billion dollar business big-time college sports have become and their questionable impact on the so-called “student-athletes” who fuel them. See The Hypocrisy of Big-Time College Sports. Questions of amateurism, exploitation and academic failure and fraud associated with these major sports have been swirling about for years. And...

Separating the Myth from Reality of Big-Time College Sports

Posted  03/20/14
By Gordon Schnell It has been the subject of heated debate for years.  The student-athletes in big-time college sports -- FBS football and men’s Division I basketball -- bring in billions of dollars a year for their universities and the NCAA but are entitled to nothing in return other than a scholarship that most agree does not even cover the full cost of attending school.  Up until now, it has been largely a...

Gaming the System of College Rankings

Posted  05/8/13
By Gordon Schnell It is that time of year again when hundreds of thousands of high school seniors across the country are deep in deliberation as to where they will go to college.  For many of these students (and their parents), weighing heavily into their ultimate decision is where these colleges stand in the still highly influential U.S. News and World Report rankings of best colleges.  While routinely the...

Atlanta Educators Indicted for Widespread Cheating Scandal

Posted  04/10/13
By Marlene Koury 35 Atlanta public school employees, including former Superintendent Beverly Hall, face criminal RICO and other charges for conspiring to fraudulently inflate state standardized test scores for financial rewards.  Allegations of cheating first arose when local media questioned how half of Atlanta’s schools achieved a 30 percent increase in student test scores from the previous year.  After a two...
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