The stories range from books like “The New Plantation” to articles such as “How Colleges Fail Black Football Players.”
College athletics programs have been credited with everything from giving low-income students the opportunity to get a college education to accusations of exploiting those same players, barring them from pay for their work.
The Faculty Athletics Committee took on this conundrum Tuesday in a discussion led by exercise and sports science professor Deborah Stroman, the sole black member of the group.
Only 50 percent of black male athletes graduate within six years from colleges in the seven major NCAA Division I sports conferences, compared to 67 percent of student-athletes overall, according to a report the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education.
And at UNC, an academic scandal put what was formerly the Department of African and Afro-American Studies in the national spotlight for no-show classes. Since then, many professors and students have worried about the racial implications of how the scandal is portrayed.