The NCAA is going after universities that enable college athletes to cheat. Obviously there are many athletes who did not receive good study tips for college.
This is no more apparent than at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The school awaits its eventual punishment for guiding athletes to enroll in fake classes, among other infractions. The University of Texas at Austin seems likely to be next.
Brad Wolverton of The Chronicle of Higher Education has completed an investigation wherein he describes alleged cases of academic misconduct by members of the Texas Longhorns men’s basketball team, which include cheating by a player who “allegedly took some pictures of some test questions during a final math exam with his phone and sent them to someone outside his math class looking for answers.”
Wolverton also spoke with a former academic mentor in the athletics department who helped another player finish a term paper “that wasn’t really entirely his own.”
Such episodes are significant, Wolverton says, because “the schools are supposed to have academic integrity.” The NCAA reported to him that they’re investigating 20 additional schools for academic misconduct.
Texas has responded by hiring outside investigators to look into the allegations, and they’ve contacted the NCAA to let them know that these investigations are underway.
These instances make the case – the UNC in particular – that your degree is devalued if you’ve got a transcript full of classes that are fake! And the allegations against Texas show that athletes are potentially receiving special treatment from the athletic department, and they are not supposed to be treated in any way differently than other students.