Panel proposes changes for academic-athletic balance at UNC

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A panel of experts has recommended 28 changes and new approaches that could better balance academics and athletics at UNC-Chapel Hill, following several years of bruising scandals.

The panel, chaired by Hunter Rawlings, president of the Association of American Universities, suggested reforms in administrative oversight, financial transparency and autonomy of university officials when it comes to admissions, tutoring and other academic matters.

Recommendations cover the areas of university governance, sports operations, financial priorities and admissions, eligibility and time commitment for student-athletes, among other issues.

Some proposals are sure to be controversial, including a “year of readiness” for athletes in the “special admissions” category, during which the athletes would not compete and have limited practice. The report also suggests the university impose a reduction in hours that athletes devote to sports.

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