January 6, 2014
Professors in Class on Time? Check.
At the U. of North Carolina, a culture of autonomy falls victimto one department's no-show scandal
By Lindsay Ellis and Robin Wilson
Chapel Hill, N.C.
everly Foster moved from classroom to classroom lastspring, slipping into the back, unannounced, and jotting down notes about what she heard and saw.Students taking test. Class presentation. Professor lecturing.Ms. Foster, director of undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina's School of Nursing here, then forwarded herobservations to top administrators at the university. Other of
cialsmade similar classroom visits campuswide. In the College of Artsand Sciences alone they covered 430 courses, or almost 10 percentof those offered last spring and this fall. If a class didn't meet asscheduled, of
cials followed up with a department head to ask why.Such spot-checks are unheard of on college campuses, especially at a prestigious public research university like Chapel Hill. They are among the changes the
agship campus has adopted in the wake of the most egregious case of academic fraud evercommitted at the university.The academic improprieties, in which professors' signatures wereforged to change students' grades and undergraduates got creditfor courses that never met, went undetected for nearly 15 years within the African- and Afro-American-studies department. Theuniversity says the fraud appears to be the work of a longtimeadministrator in the department and its chairman, Julius E.Nyang'oro, who led African-American studies here for nearly twodecades. Many of the students who were involved in thequestionable classes were athletes.
Professors in Classroom on Time? Check. - Faculty - The Chronicle of Higher Education