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UNC will not release Willingham data, citing privacy laws

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The University  of North Carolina is not releasing the information Mary Willingham used in her research, the school said Friday, because the records are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Willingham has said her research of players in for-profit sports showed 60 percent were at or below an eighth-grade reading level. But UNC Provost James Dean has questioned the research and said the questioning of the reading levels of some Carolina athletes is "a travesty."

But Willingham, in a response, has told WNCN, "The way Provost Dean explained my data analysis is 100 percent incorrect. I have done work with this data set for the last six years and have a good understanding of what I am doing."

Willingham said she occasionally seeks help from experts in other fields, but that the university never called them to understand the data.

 

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