CORRECTION: Due to an editing error, a previous headline for this story mischaracterized the nature of the University's support for the new academic support program. UNC has made the first investment in a 10-year academic support plan. The headline has been updated to reflect this change. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
The day after the report was released, Folt told The Daily Tar Heel the University had already spent $5 million to restructure its advising services.
Lee May, director of the Academic Advising Program, said in an email she has no knowledge of the money. Michelle Brown, head of the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes and member of the Faculty Athletics Committee, said none of the $5 million Folt mentioned is coming to her program.
The Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes now directly reports to the Provost’s Office, which May said might account for the money Folt was talking about.
In the late 1980s, former Department of Athletics Director John Swofford, who is the current commissioner of the ACC, moved the program from the Department of Athletics to the College of Arts and Sciences, but Wainstein’s report said the program’s staff and managers still believed they reported to the Athletic Department’s administrators.
Joel Curran, a spokesman for Folt, did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Karen Moon, a spokeswoman for the University, said Folt was referring to a University-wide initiative to improve graduation rates.
As part of the White House summit on college access and success in January, Moon said UNC committed to spending $4 million during the next four years to raise ?graduation rates, focusing on low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students.