Saturday, May 24, 2014

UNC "investigations": will Wainstein ask the obvious?

     Over the past several years there have been numerous so-called "investigations" into the athletic/academic scandals at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  As more and more information has been revealed through sources outside of the university, however, it has become apparent that each and every one of those reviews somehow missed key (and obvious) data.  Sometimes errors of the multi-month inquiries were revealed within just days of a report's release, such as the case with former Governor Jim Martin's look into the issue.

     Kenneth Wainstein, a partner with the firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, is the University's latest attempt to "get to the bottom of things" -- and they are paying Mr. Wainstein a reported $900 an hour to do his job.  

     Given the gross oversights of every other investigation or review that has come before, it will be extremely interesting to see if Mr. Wainstein asks some very obvious questions, looks at some very obvious documents, and has a simple calculator to deduce some very easy (and obvious) educational equations.  At $900 an hour one would think he has been given very specific directions with regards to his task.  But are they the obvious ones?

     In the past it didn't take long to chronicle the amateur shortcomings of the other investigations/reviews.  They are well represented in the forthcoming book Tarnished Heels: How Unethical Actions and Deliberate Deceit at the University of North Carolina ended “The Carolina Way"as noted below.  

     With regards to Mr. Wainstein, hopefully (for the sake of education and integrity) a higher salary will mean higher accuracy, as opposed to simple loyalty to those who sign the checks.

Inside the book:

Baker Tilly, 168, 171, 244, 252, 268, 273, 274, 282, 283, 285-289, 296, 300, 302, 306, 308, 318, 323, 369
Faculty Athletic Committee (FAC), 119, 258-261, 265, 272, 277-280, 282-284, 286, 287, 293
Martin, Jim (Martin Investigation; Martin Report), 168-171, 179, 185, 189, 196, 207, 227, 232, 237, 239-241, 243-246, 252, 253, 264, 267-293, 296, 300, 302, 306, 313, 318, 323, 345, 359, 368, 369
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), 294, 295, 324, 352

Tarnished Heels has an official release date of June 15, 2014.  The book is available now for pre-order online through 

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