The new scandal is not about athletic eligibility — it runs much deeper than that, going to paper courses and fake grades for a broad range of students. The University of North Carolina has in recent years attempted to portray itself as among the “public Ivies.” The latest report calls into question whether the University of North Carolina should even retain its accreditation. Thousands of students in fake classes would embarrass even a sleazy online school.
Where is the accountability? The new report throws lower-level instructors under the bus but concludes top management at the University of North Carolina — Folt and Thomas Ross, president of the statewide university system — knew nothing, had no responsibility and should not be punished.