Professors in Class on Time? Check.

At the U. of North Carolina, a culture of autonomy falls victim to one department's no-show scandal

Professors in Classroom on Time? Check. Every Day. 2

D.L. Anderson for The Chronicle

Beverly Foster, a nursing-school administrator, is among the U. of North Carolina officials making spot checks of classes campuswide at Chapel Hill in the aftermath of a scandal involving no-show classes in the department of African and Afro-American studies.

Beverly Foster moved from classroom to classroom last spring, slipping into the back, unannounced, and jotting down notes about what she heard and saw.

Students taking test. Class presentation. Professor lecturing.

Ms. Foster, director of undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina's School of Nursing here, then forwarded her observations to top administrators at the university. Other officials made similar classroom visits