A record 347 UNC student-athletes were on the 2013-14 ACC Academic Honor Roll, up from the previous high of 329 in 2012-13.
According to the Federal Graduation Rate calculated by the NCAA, 72 percent of UNC student-athletes graduated in the 2012-13 school year. Comparatively, the student body graduation rate was 88 percent.
“You can see there’s a gap there,” said Lissa Broome, faculty athletics representative to the ACC and NCAA. “It’s not dissimilar to the gaps at other universities. UVA has the exact same gap. But this is obviously a gap that we are looking at.”
Though the Wainstein and NCAA investigations are still underway, the Faculty Athletics Committee is working with student-athletes, coaches and faculty to ensure student-athletes are included in every aspect of the University community.
“I think it presents opportunities for us,” Broome said. “We can acknowledge the mistakes we’ve made and we can improve. And we’ve already improved the processes related to the academic experiences of student-athletes.”
The committee plans to improve those processes by continuing to monitor existing academic systems and policies and forming a fair culture, chairwoman Joy Renner said.
This year, the committee also plans to increase faculty-student communication by expanding the Student-Athlete Advisory Council.
“Faculty student-athlete communication – we have a lot of that to do on this campus,” Renner said.