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Folt tells trustees UNC has 'to accept scrutiny'

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UNC Chancellor Carol Folt told the Board of Trustees the university lacked enough oversight of some courses. UNC Chancellor Carol Folt told the Board of Trustees the university lacked enough oversight of some courses.

New chancellor Carol Folt said the University of North Carolina lacked enough oversight of some courses when she spoke to the Board of Trustees Thursday morning.

Folt said Carolina offered classes that were not reflective of the standards of the university. She also said there was not enough faculty oversight of some classes.

"We have to accept scrutiny, and do accept, that scrutiny. We have to welcome it and see it as a tremendous opportunity for us," Folt said.

She said what has happened at UNC is a part of a larger national conversation about college sports.

"All students involved in courses deserve better from us," Folt said.

However, she said, UNC was making progress on the matter.

"Our hope is they as we set our house in order we can be involved in the national conversation," she said.

UNC has faced intense scrutiny since media reports showed some classes in the African and Afro-American Studies program were essentially no-show classes that involved little oversight. Those classes were heavily populated with athletes.

"All of those students who were involved with those courses deserved better from us," Folt said.

Meanwhile, counselor Mary Willingham has challenged whether UNC accepted athletes who were capable of doing college level work, and said some athletes at Carolina read at an elementary school level.

UNC provost Jim Dean has challenged Willingham's work and methodology.

Folt's comments come a week after an intense Faculty Council meeting. At that meeting, in which Folt and Dean were received warmly overall, but some faculty members said the school had been "in denial" in the past and that the school had come across as defensive in its handling of the football and athletic scandal.

Folt said Thursday, "There isn't a faculty member or a staff member or people that are part of this that don't want to make it right."

WNCN reporter Bianca Spinosa contributed to this report.

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