Conversation quickly moved from the investigation to academic successes of the athletic department.
UNC School of Law professor Lissa Broome presented findings on the graduation success rate of all varsity sports programs.
The overall graduation success rate of the school was 87 percent, which was greater than eight of 10 peer institutions, including the University of Florida, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and the University of Texas at Austin.
The only peer institution that exceeded UNC’s rate was the University of Virginia, which reported an 89 percent rate.
Athletics director Dick Baddour said the data were encouraging.
“It’s good to let the public see some positive news,” he said.
The committee also discussed senior athlete exit survey data. Although data had been collected, a formal analysis of the data has not been conducted, said Kathleen Harris, a sociology professor.
Members voiced concern regarding the survey’s response rate. Seventy-two of 123 senior athletes responded. Of the 72, committee members said the majority were women and only 18 listed themselves as “non-white.” Sixteen respondents were members of revenue-generating sports teams.
One finding drawn from the survey was a need for more alumni support in varsity sports.
A committee member commented, saying an alumni database was being created for the football team.
Another responded, asking how they could monitor such a database to ensure it wouldn’t be abused.
Baddour gave a response that indicated his attention is not far from the football investigation.
“Carefully,” he said.
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