Reverse discrimination: NC university inflates grades of black students

WSSU

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) is a historically black university of 117 acres in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina. Ranked #27 by U.S. News & World Report in the Top Public Comprehensive Baccalaureate Colleges of the South category for 9 years (2001–2009), WSSU offers baccalaureate and graduate programs to a diverse student population of more than 6,400.

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In an exclusive for Campus Reform, Oliver Darcy reports that according to three former WSSU faculty members, the university’s administrators routinely increase the final grades of its black students in order to raise WSSU’s standing. The three are former Director of Academic Technology Shira Hedgepeth and two former professors who spoke to Campus Reform on the condition of anonymity because they fear speaking out may jeopardize their retirement.

Hedgepeth told Campus Reform on June 6, “Some students had their final grades changed based on their race. That was a common complaint of many of the faculty that I worked with. None of the Caucasian or non-African American students… none of their grades were changed. The way the grades fell out, there was no other reason for changing.”

Documents provided to Campus Reform by one of the former faculty members appear to validate these claims, but Campus Reform has chosen not to publish the records due to concerns that doing so may violate the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act by revealing the names and grades of students.

According to Hedgepeth, and the two anonymous former professors, instructors would submit final grades to the school only to have them later revised upwards by administrators as a way to “take care of their African American students.” “There is no other motivation,” said Hedgepeth. “If you work on that campus you know it. Everything that was done was to make sure we service the African American students.”

WSSU’s spokesman, Aaron Singleton, however, told Campus Reform that the university had received no complaints: “I checked throughout our administration and the university has not heard of any of those allegations. No one has filed any complaints at the university.”

One of the anonymous former professors insists that several faculty members have filed numerous complaints which were ignored: “I have reported everything. I doubt anything was done.”

Hedgepeth said, “I have tried reaching out to our accrediting body but they would not take complaints such as these. We have done everything we can to get somebody to start looking.”

Another former professor said the practice is ongoing, “Oh yes, definitely. Oh yes, it is still going on.”

The two professors wished to remain anonymous due to fears the school would retaliate against them. One of them said, “All the faculty, white and black are very fearful to speak. The department is run by fear and through retaliation. If you speak out you will be retaliated against.”

Hedgepeth was terminated by WSSU in 2011. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has since ruled she was a victim of racial discrimination when she was terminated. She now has two pending lawsuits filed against the school.

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Donald J. Reeves

Donald J. Reeves

WSSU’s Chancellor is Dr. Donald J. Reaves. Here’s his contact info:

Email: reavesdj@wssu.edu
Phone: (336)750-2041
Address:
Office of the Chancellor
Blair Hall 200
601 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27110

~Eowyn

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colinflaherty
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Reblogged this on Colin Flaherty and commented:
Crazy story from a great blog and blogger .

Auntie Lulu
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How does this help anyone? It is a “feel good effort” at best. When students who have historically underachieved go into the work place to compete–it will all to soon become apparent that something is wrong! And then it’s to late to address the problem. That’s all beside the fact that it’s unfair to those who really dug in and worked for their grades. I guess the bottom line is, if you are non-African American–do not go to that school, you will not get a fair shake; any degree you earn from this school is already devalued by this very… Read more »

Snuffy Smiff
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Snuffy Smiff

Well Lulu, that’s what Affirmative Action is for…

…that way, achievement has nothing to do with it!

upaces88
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upaces88

Please believe me when I tell you, this is NOT new. In graduate School at Texas A&M. M.S. in Counseling: During the very first test during the very first Semester, I noticed that all of the blacks were sitting at the back of the room with their books open during a test asking each other “what page was that answer on?” They didn’t care we could hear them. They “were allowed to openly cheat”. Later in another class, we were in an auditorium type class room. For a “getting to know you game, everyone was to stand up and say… Read more »

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lhtapner
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lhtapner

THAT IS NOT GOING TO HELP THEM SUCEED IN LIFE. THEY WILL NEVER GET THE BEST JOBS AND PAY!

upaces88
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upaces88

They DO NOT CARE. They will continue adulterating the relationship of White Guilt vs. their bitching and whining “racism” UNTIL A LEADER STANDS UP AND SAYS, Enough is Enough!”

upaces88
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upaces88

lhtapner, if they don’t get a job, they, again, will scream and stomp their feet “Racism” to the top of their lungs.

WHEN DOES THIS END!!!! AND, NO, that was not a question. It is a DEMAND that this cry baby, murdering innocent people including babies to show us that they HAVE THEIR BLACK MAN in the WH, and they will do whatever they please!

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Do you remember the Delta Flight that crashed at DFW Airport (Dallas/Ft. Worth)) years ago? I worked on the lawsuit. I had 8 Black people under my supervision to transcribe dozens of audio interviews. The tapes were so disturbing that we had Kleenex(s) by the boxes placed at our desks. I was the ONLY white person and supervised. I asked them to “please use spell check” since these documents would be filed in court and we just could not have any typo(s), or errors. Ya wudda thought I called them all stupid. It was a “normal request.” Well, they did… Read more »

greenworx
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greenworx

I wish Winston-Salem State had never been brought into the University of North Carolina system……they’ve always been marginal academically and don’t deserve to be included.

Dave
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Dave

My guess is ‘Dr. Reaves’ obtained his “position” for reasons other than his qualifications.

But that would make me a RRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCIIIIIIIISSSST!

Whatever.

-Dave

Screwtineyes
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Firstly, there is no such thing as reverse racism. A racist is a racist, plain and simple. (Just thought I’d throw that in there 😉 )
Secondly, this is the reason society in on the decline. Too many want the easy route, but what happens when they need the knowledge they never learned in real life situations? Other people suffer, that’s what. They get their pay check, so it doesn’t matter to them.
Is this how Obama became ‘resident’ I wonder? Oh, that’s right, he wasn’t even born in the US was he? 😛

Caroline Niven-Roy
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My brother taught school for 5 yrs… the administration forced him to change failing football players grades topass them… it sickened him into quitting teaching,… he’s now a nurse for hospice.

japoa
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When these kids get out into the ” REAL WORLD “……..They are finally going realize just how damn stupid they are , and maybe they will say to themselves ; W.T.H. went wrong ?

Mike
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Mike

Am I the only one who thinks that school symbol of the ram looks like the baphomet head?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

This would be “social justice” or something…

Rick Prokopchuk
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Do they not understand…that the piece of paper, the diploma, has value only based on the amount of effort and learning that went into it. Inflating grades is only temporary. When employers discover that their “college grads” cannot cut the mustard, they’ll be fired. And who is to blame…the student or the school?

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Paul
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Black students always receive a 20 point credit. So do black firemen and police officers. They call it equal rights. But there is nothing equal about it. And it has been happening for decades all across the nation.

upaces88
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upaces88

Dr. E., it was the beginning of Affirmative Action. We had to hire them…qualified or not. What is sad, I actually believed for a long time they were “mentally retarded” or something because NO ONE would act so weird, making excuses without something being wrong with them. At first I babied them because I really did believe they were retarded or had “learning disabilities, and the idiot I was at the time “allowed them to make their excuses” UNTIL i CAUGHT ON!!!

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I worked for the City of Dallas in the Department of Planning and Development. I was a permanent temp and floated all around the departments. The Opening came up for a Permanent person in the job I was in as an Administrative Assistant to the Director. There were 57 women in the department and only 3 of those were white. They really didn’t want the job because it “wasn’t UNION”..but they didn’t want a white woman to have it either. I had learned to carry a hand-held pocket recorder because I had been threatened so many times. I was pulled… Read more »

upaces88
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And, another thing! The Muslims and the Blacks have this in common. They threaten that we are racists while they themselves are guilty;
both groups, commit senseless murders and rapes of women and children… then blame others for their actions.,

Joan
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Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this revealing post. This is shameful in every respect.

Gridlock
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And this CRIMINAL racist grade inflation (to prevent their school from being decredited as an legal academic institution) is going to help these lousy CRIMINAL schools in getting their very expensive tuition costs paid back from unemployable black students in what way?

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Note that educators are going to JAIL for LONG PRISON SENTENCES for fraudulently passing or grade-inflating students. https://www.elpasotimes.com/episd/ci_20848628/former-episd-superintendent-lorenzo-garcia-enter-plea-aggreement Former EPISD Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia admits fraud, faces 4 years in prison Investigation: 6 unnamed co-conspirators helped district cheat By Adriana M. Chávez \ EL PASO TIMES Posted: 06/14/2012 07:52:29 AM MDT García appeared in front of a federal judge to plead guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. One of the charges involves cheating on student test scores and the other deals with a $450,000 contract given to one of his lovers. The federal information said García conspired… Read more »

Gridlock
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Of course, a lot of the “teachers” are Affirmative Dysfunction Frauds themselves. https://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/25/teachers-embroiled-in-test-taking-fraud-for-15-years-feds-say/ Teachers accused in test-taking fraud that spans three states, 15 years Published November 25, 2012 For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the tests in their place, authorities said. Each time, Mumford received a fee of between $1,500 and $3,000 to send one of his test ringers with fake identification to the Praxis exam. In return, his customers got a passing grade and began their careers as cheaters, according to… Read more »

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And how well is this fraud helping the students or teachers? Grand jury indicts 35 in Georgia school cheating scandal By Chelsea J. Carter, CNN updated 10:55 PM EDT, Fri March 29, 2013 https://www.cnn.com/2013/03/29/us/georgia-cheating-scandal/ Atlanta (CNN) — In what has been described as one of the largest cheating scandals to hit the nation’s public education system, 35 Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators were indicted Friday on charges of racketeering and corruption. Beverly Hall resigned from her position in 2011 following the state investigation, which lambasted her leadership and found widespread cheating in dozens of Atlanta schools. The alleged cheating… Read more »