Reorganize the UNC System of Higher Education
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North Carolina University System Reorganization
Is dedicated to the reorganization of North Carolina’s system of higher education.
Our goals are to:
- Change the name to the North Carolina System of Higher Education.
- Separate the university system offices and operations from UNC – Chapel Hill and move the headquarters to Research Triangle Park.
- Make the selections to the Board of Governors more democratic such that each member school has at least one representative and each member nominates its own candidates.
The consolidated University of North Carolina system claims on its website that its system “has evolved into one of the strongest and most successful systems of public higher education in the nation”. Not all that glitters is gold. The legislature appoints the system Board of Governors which elects the system president. The BOG appoints eight members to the Board of Trustees for each university, the governor four, and the student body president serves ex officio. This is like taxation without representation in reverse. The result is a great disparity in representation among the seventeen members of the system. This is especially true as one member has traditionally dominated the university system with its deep pockets and long political tentacles.
Over the last several years UNC-Chapel Hill and its proponents have engaged in all kinds questionable activities in an effort to conceal an athletic-academic scandal and to prevent punitive measures related to it. These activities include:
- Concealing and denying as much as possible for as long as possible.
- Obstructing, misleading and delaying investigations
- Scapegoating low and mid-level personnel while retaining coaches that morally, ethically and contractually egregiously failed to safeguard their programs and take care of the academic welfare of their student-athletes.
- Orchestrating puppet “investigations” such as the Martin Commission designed to spin the truth and preclude deeper and broader investigations.
- Limiting the scope of the Weinstein investigation, which was paid for by private funds, to the Department of African and African-American Studies (AFAM).
- Not allowing Weinstein to investigate academic corruption in departments other than AFAM when he incidentally found it.
- Obfuscating the fact that regular students were knowingly and purposely corrupted into the “fake classes’ scheme in an effort to mask this scheme that benefited athletics and to prevent punitive measures in the future. The Martin Commission may not have discovered or may not have been provided with the pertinent evidentiary emails that later appeared in the supplemental material to the Weinstein report. In these emails conspirators discussed the needed level of regular student participation. Martin used the regular student participation argument to announce the egregiously erroneous conclusion that it was not an athletic scandal. Martin only found or only announced corruption in AFAM. This setup enabled the university to limit the scope of Weinstein’s investigation to AFAM. The university later used the regular student participation argument to claim that it was only a quality of education issue and not the within the jurisdiction of the NCAA. University spin masters have portrayed this scheme as the result of a great benevolence gone wrong, but actually it was a conspiracy to cheat and get away with it.
- Spending millions of dollars on law and public relations firms in order to conceal and spin the truth and prevent punitive measures.
- Declining to follow the precedence of self-imposing sanctions, and instead delaying investigations to allow its sports teams time to pad the win columns, and possibly win a national championship in men’s basketball, before possible sanctions are handed down by the NCAA.
- Engaging in a smear campaign to discredit the whistle blowers.
These activities have been well publicized and are universally known in North Carolina, yet the university system Board of Governors has ignored its own Policy Manual and has not publically taken any remedial nor punitive actions to reign in this administrative scandal, not even a reprimand. UNC-Chapel Hill has retained coaches who claimed that they did not know of the committed violations involving their programs. They had the moral obligation and the contractual responsibility to know these things. While they were busy not seeing, their programs participated in the greatest athletic-academic scandal in the history of collegiate sports in America, and not a peep from the BOG about the continued employment.
The legislated anointment of UNC – Chapel Hill as the “flagship” university is the root cause of all of the arrogance based bad behavior by the university during the past thirty years or so.
The above merely is an example that illuminates the disparity in representation among the university system members. No other member could behave this way and get by with it. To help fix this disparity, we recommend that each system member has at least one voting member on the BOG. That for each system member, a committee comprised principally of the officers of the faculty senate and alumnae association produce a list of candidates for the legislature to approve. The legislature must appoint at least one member from each list of candidates. The legislature will appoint no more than a total of 34 voting members. Both chambers must reach agreement on proposed legislation.
Our federal and state governments are predicated on a system of checks and balances. We are advocating a system of checks and balances for the government of North Carolina’s System of Higher Education.
The state legislature recently passed a bill reducing the BOG voting members from 32 to 24. This will likely increase the disparity in representation amongst the member schools. This is not good!
Please write to your state legislators to let them know how you feel about this issue.
Senate – Co-chairs on Senate committee on Appropriations on Education/Higher Education.
- David L. Curtis David.Curtis@ncleg.net
- Michael V. Lee Michael.Lee@ncleg.net
- Chad Barefoot Chad.Barefoot@ncleg.net
House - Co-chairs of committee on Education – Universities
- Jonathan C. Jordan Jonathan.Jordan@ncleg.net
- John A. Fraley John.Fraley@ncleg.net
Just a note of interest: Currently, there are eleven voting members on the Board of Governors, including the chairman, who hold at least one degree from UNC –Chapel Hill. Appalachian State has four. East Carolina and NC State have three each. Western Carolina and UNC – Greensboro have one each. In Summary:
UNC – Chapel Hill 11
Five other member schools 12
The other ten 0
The members of North Carolina’s System of Higher Education:
1. Appalachian State University
2. East Carolina University
3. Elizabeth City State University
4. Fayetteville State University
5. North Carolina A&T State University
6. North Carolina Central University
7. North Carolina State University
8. UNC Asheville
9. UNC-Chapel Hill
10. UNC Charlotte
11. UNC Greensboro
12. UNC Pembroke
13. UNC Wilmington
14. UNC School of the Arts
15. Western Carolina University
16. Winston-Salem State University
17. NC School of Science and Mathematics
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