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Tomatoes that don't rot for more than a year, fish with glow-in-the-dark blood vessels, sunscreen made from watermelons, and super-cancer-fighting broccoli: those are but a few of the...
Tomatoes that don't rot for more than a year, fish with glow-in-the-dark blood vessels, sunscreen made from watermelons, and super-cancer-fighting broccoli: those are but a few of the...
 
Several years ago, Scott Ralls determined that there were serious problems with the way North Carolina's community colleges were handling remediation. To Ralls, who is president of the...
Several years ago, Scott Ralls determined that there were serious problems with the way North Carolina's community colleges were handling remediation. To Ralls, who is president of the...
 
Governor Pat McCrory unveiled his proposal for the state's biennial budget on March 20. The University of North Carolina system received a small cut compared to the previous biennium, and the budget also specifies changes that should cut waste and expand key initiatives.
Governor Pat McCrory unveiled his proposal for the state's biennial budget on March 20. The University of North Carolina system received a small cut compared to the previous biennium, and the budget also specifies changes that should cut waste and expand key initiatives.
 
In recent years, Duke University has developed a reputation for debauchery. A steady drumbeat of scandal--from the 2006 Duke lacrosse rape case to Karen Owen's 2010 "thesis" on the bedroom exploits of her numerous lovers, to various...
In recent years, Duke University has developed a reputation for debauchery. A steady drumbeat of scandal--from the 2006 Duke lacrosse rape case to Karen Owen's 2010 "thesis" on the bedroom exploits of her numerous lovers, to various...
 
For decades, rising tuition rates have been almost as reliable a feature of American life as death and taxes. A substantial part of those increases has been used to fund large amounts of tuition "discounts," a combination of merit- and need-based...
For decades, rising tuition rates have been almost as reliable a feature of American life as death and taxes. A substantial part of those increases has been used to fund large amounts of tuition "discounts," a combination of merit- and need-based...
 
We hope that Santa came to your house this year and gave you what you wanted. We at the Pope Center are still hoping for our wish list to be fulfilled--but we have high hopes for the New Year.
We hope that Santa came to your house this year and gave you what you wanted. We at the Pope Center are still hoping for our wish list to be fulfilled--but we have high hopes for the New Year.
 
Not long ago at a North Carolina community college, there always seemed to be fewer cars in the parking lot the week after Pell grant checks were sent out. And one instructor noticed that some students weren't taking the final in her class. Why? They hadn't studied and knew they were going to...
Not long ago at a North Carolina community college, there always seemed to be fewer cars in the parking lot the week after Pell grant checks were sent out. And one instructor noticed that some students weren't taking the final in her class. Why? They hadn't studied and knew they were going to...
 
I hope you had a merry Christmas! Here is Part II of our three-part Christmas policy reform wish list. The first four were posted earlier this week. Now for four more...
I hope you had a merry Christmas! Here is Part II of our three-part Christmas policy reform wish list. The first four were posted earlier this week. Now for four more...
 
It's been weeks since children developed their wish lists, and they are about to find out if Santa has brought what they asked for. We here at the Pope Center have put together our own wish list...
It's been weeks since children developed their wish lists, and they are about to find out if Santa has brought what they asked for. We here at the Pope Center have put together our own wish list...
 
The state of North Carolina's Customized Training Program (CTP), run by the state's community colleges, has come under fire lately, and with good reason. The program is--at least in part--a wasteful way to promote economic development in the...
The state of North Carolina's Customized Training Program (CTP), run by the state's community colleges, has come under fire lately, and with good reason. The program is--at least in part--a wasteful way to promote economic development in the...
 
Would enrolling more out-of-state students help finance our state's university system, raise its national reputation, and spur the economy? Or would it be a slap in the face to state...
Would enrolling more out-of-state students help finance our state's university system, raise its national reputation, and spur the economy? Or would it be a slap in the face to state...
 
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