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The Pope Center publishes this paper as part of our continuing effort to spur transparency in higher education. North Carolina citizens need to know if the UNC system is fulfilling its mission of discovering, creating, transmitting, and applying knowledge. The new edition of...
The Pope Center publishes this paper as part of our continuing effort to spur transparency in higher education. North Carolina citizens need to know if the UNC system is fulfilling its mission of discovering, creating, transmitting, and applying knowledge. The new edition of...
 
The average annual income in North Carolina is just over $40,000. But in September, senior-level bureaucrats in the University of North Carolina system's General Administration — who take home six-figure salaries — said they needed raises, and they got them. The system's Board of...
The average annual income in North Carolina is just over $40,000. But in September, senior-level bureaucrats in the University of North Carolina system's General Administration — who take home six-figure salaries — said they needed raises, and they got them. The system's Board of...
 
Many in academia bemoan the increasing and overwhelming focus on graduates’ job prospects.
 
The most important decision that the University of North Carolina system's Board of Governors will make this year is the selection of the next system president.
The most important decision that the University of North Carolina system's Board of Governors will make this year is the selection of the next system president.
 
The higher education establishment attacks traditional American values in many ways. The head of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy outlined 10 of them during a presentation Friday for the John Locke Foundation's Shaftesbury Society.
The higher education establishment attacks traditional American values in many ways. The head of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy outlined 10 of them during a presentation Friday for the John Locke Foundation's Shaftesbury Society.
 
In early March, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory visited the East Carolina Heart Institute at the Brody School of Medicine
In early March, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory visited the East Carolina Heart Institute at the Brody School of Medicine
 
We will offer this allotment of three with more to come; some old, most new, but all quite informative, and, moreover, necessary to understanding that in North Carolina, there is a wiser path to govern ourselves and our People.
We will offer this allotment of three with more to come; some old, most new, but all quite informative, and, moreover, necessary to understanding that in North Carolina, there is a wiser path to govern ourselves and our People.
 
The federal proposal that the president is calling "America's College Promise" has inspired fanfare and controversy that go beyond President Obama's decision earlier this week not to interfere with so-called 529 savings plans.
The federal proposal that the president is calling "America's College Promise" has inspired fanfare and controversy that go beyond President Obama's decision earlier this week not to interfere with so-called 529 savings plans.
 
The new federal proposal that the president is calling "America's College Promise" is short on details but has inspired much commentary.
The new federal proposal that the president is calling "America's College Promise" is short on details but has inspired much commentary.
 
A new report from the Center for American Progress claims that the "Great Recession" devastated public university investments nationwide. Specifically, it says that over a five-year period, tuition has skyrocketed, states have withdrawn public investment, and low-income families have been pushed...
A new report from the Center for American Progress claims that the "Great Recession" devastated public university investments nationwide. Specifically, it says that over a five-year period, tuition has skyrocketed, states have withdrawn public investment, and low-income families have been pushed...
 
The University of North Carolina is proposing to charge lower tuition to out-of-state students who live close to the state border. The UNC Board of Governors will consider the proposal, which is called "border tuition," at its January meeting.
The University of North Carolina is proposing to charge lower tuition to out-of-state students who live close to the state border. The UNC Board of Governors will consider the proposal, which is called "border tuition," at its January meeting.
 
As 2015 approaches, we offer our hopes for higher education reform. Some changes will require action by university stakeholders, and others will require a "hands off" approach. Here's hoping that the new year brings improvement upon the status quo.
As 2015 approaches, we offer our hopes for higher education reform. Some changes will require action by university stakeholders, and others will require a "hands off" approach. Here's hoping that the new year brings improvement upon the status quo.
 
This year has been an eventful one for higher education in general and for North Carolina specifically. As Santa checks his list, the Pope Center has a few suggestions as to who's been naughty and nice this year.
This year has been an eventful one for higher education in general and for North Carolina specifically. As Santa checks his list, the Pope Center has a few suggestions as to who's been naughty and nice this year.
 
College students are heading home for the holidays, but the University of North Carolina's Board of Governors continues its work. The Pope Center for Higher Education Policy believes the BOG has plenty of opportunities to improve North Carolina's 16-campus university system. Jane Shaw, president...
College students are heading home for the holidays, but the University of North Carolina's Board of Governors continues its work. The Pope Center for Higher Education Policy believes the BOG has plenty of opportunities to improve North Carolina's 16-campus university system. Jane Shaw, president...
 
On the whole, U.S. colleges and universities don't get everything right. They're overpriced, operationally hidebound, and ideologically stagnant. But American higher education does some things very well-well enough that students from around the world still choose to come to the United States to...
On the whole, U.S. colleges and universities don't get everything right. They're overpriced, operationally hidebound, and ideologically stagnant. But American higher education does some things very well-well enough that students from around the world still choose to come to the United States to...
 
A new report from the Center for American Progress alleges that the "Great Recession" that began in 2008 devastated public university investments nationwide.
A new report from the Center for American Progress alleges that the "Great Recession" that began in 2008 devastated public university investments nationwide.
 
It's easy for young students to be dazzled when they hear that going to college will earn them an extra $1 million in their lifetime. Or when they see headlines touting high-paying majors and new graduates' success stories.
It's easy for young students to be dazzled when they hear that going to college will earn them an extra $1 million in their lifetime. Or when they see headlines touting high-paying majors and new graduates' success stories.
 
When legislators and officials at the University of North Carolina consider costs, they prefer to focus on minor operational functions — such as heating bills. But that merely nibbles around the edges.
When legislators and officials at the University of North Carolina consider costs, they prefer to focus on minor operational functions — such as heating bills. But that merely nibbles around the edges.
 
State budget writers looking for ways to save taxpayers’ dollars should continue to examine the University of North Carolina system.
State budget writers looking for ways to save taxpayers’ dollars should continue to examine the University of North Carolina system.
 
As the academic year begins, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, now with a new chairman, John Fennebresque, must make some choices.
As the academic year begins, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, now with a new chairman, John Fennebresque, must make some choices.
 
When legislators and officials of the University of North Carolina and legislators consider costs, they prefer to focus on minor operational functions - such as heating bills. But that is mere nibbling around the edges.
When legislators and officials of the University of North Carolina and legislators consider costs, they prefer to focus on minor operational functions - such as heating bills. But that is mere nibbling around the edges.
 
North Carolina’s state budget tug-of-war concluded August 1 when the General Assembly passed a $21 billion appropriations bill for fiscal year 2014-15.
North Carolina’s state budget tug-of-war concluded August 1 when the General Assembly passed a $21 billion appropriations bill for fiscal year 2014-15.
 
We will offer this allotment of three with more to come; some old, most new, but all quite informative, and, moreover, necessary to understanding that in North Carolina, there is a wiser path to govern ourselves and our People.
We will offer this allotment of three with more to come; some old, most new, but all quite informative, and, moreover, necessary to understanding that in North Carolina, there is a wiser path to govern ourselves and our People.
 
n a recent article for the Pope Center, I looked at the latest academic-athletic scandal at UNC-Chapel Hill in light of athletes’ academic preparation.
n a recent article for the Pope Center, I looked at the latest academic-athletic scandal at UNC-Chapel Hill in light of athletes’ academic preparation.
 
We will offer this allotment of three with more to come; some old, most new, but all quite informative, and, moreover, necessary to understanding that in North Carolina, there is a wiser path to govern ourselves and our People.
We will offer this allotment of three with more to come; some old, most new, but all quite informative, and, moreover, necessary to understanding that in North Carolina, there is a wiser path to govern ourselves and our People.
 
Three years after the revelation that UNC-Chapel Hill’s African and Afro-American Studies Department offered no-show classes, the Carolina community is still grappling with academic-athletic scandals at the North Carolina flagship.
Three years after the revelation that UNC-Chapel Hill’s African and Afro-American Studies Department offered no-show classes, the Carolina community is still grappling with academic-athletic scandals at the North Carolina flagship.
 
The North Carolina Senate has just proposed its budget for the 2014-15 year, which begins July 1. This is the second in an annual series. First we had the governor's budget; now we have the Senate's; and the House of Representatives will follow soon.
The North Carolina Senate has just proposed its budget for the 2014-15 year, which begins July 1. This is the second in an annual series. First we had the governor's budget; now we have the Senate's; and the House of Representatives will follow soon.
 
Last month, the UNC system's General Administration launched a long-awaited new website. That may not seem a big thing, but it is. The University of North Carolina has an enormous amount of information about the university, such as campus enrollment figures and campus graduation, and the GA promises
Last month, the UNC system's General Administration launched a long-awaited new website. That may not seem a big thing, but it is. The University of North Carolina has an enormous amount of information about the university, such as campus enrollment figures and campus graduation, and the GA promises
 
The U.S. Department of Education released its latest draft of new gainful employment regulations on March 14. Gainful employment is the term used for the department's standards for vocational programs at for-profit institutions and community colleges. Under the new rules, schools at which a large...
The U.S. Department of Education released its latest draft of new gainful employment regulations on March 14. Gainful employment is the term used for the department's standards for vocational programs at for-profit institutions and community colleges. Under the new rules, schools at which a large...
 
One year ago, the UNC system's general administration and Board of Governors published an ambitious set of plans for the state's 17 public universities called Our Time, Our Future: The UNC Compact with North Carolina. One of those plans aims to revamp general education curricula. It seeks to...
One year ago, the UNC system's general administration and Board of Governors published an ambitious set of plans for the state's 17 public universities called Our Time, Our Future: The UNC Compact with North Carolina. One of those plans aims to revamp general education curricula. It seeks to...
 
Going to college can be an expensive proposition. Tuition has been rising steadily in North Carolina and in other states. Many students receive aid in the form of a federal Pell Grant, but the Pell Grant Program faces problems and needs serious reform. Dr. Jenna Ashley Robinson, director of...
Going to college can be an expensive proposition. Tuition has been rising steadily in North Carolina and in other states. Many students receive aid in the form of a federal Pell Grant, but the Pell Grant Program faces problems and needs serious reform. Dr. Jenna Ashley Robinson, director of...
 
Next month, the UNC Board of Governors Committee on Budget and Finance will vote on UNC-Chapel Hill's health services fee. The committee has already approved health fees for the other campuses but stopped short at Carolina's $436-per-year fee after learning that UNC-Chapel Hill is spending some...
Next month, the UNC Board of Governors Committee on Budget and Finance will vote on UNC-Chapel Hill's health services fee. The committee has already approved health fees for the other campuses but stopped short at Carolina's $436-per-year fee after learning that UNC-Chapel Hill is spending some...
 
Finally! After a long, brutal winter, North Carolina is seeing a sure sign of spring - the annual tussle over the UNC system budget.
Finally! After a long, brutal winter, North Carolina is seeing a sure sign of spring - the annual tussle over the UNC system budget.
 
Late last year, UNC-Chapel Hill learning specialist Mary Willingham alleged that many Carolina athletes weren't academically prepared for college-level work. That research has been stopped by the administration of UNC-Chapel Hill.
Late last year, UNC-Chapel Hill learning specialist Mary Willingham alleged that many Carolina athletes weren't academically prepared for college-level work. That research has been stopped by the administration of UNC-Chapel Hill.
 
Public universities in North Carolina recognize a wide diversity of student groups, including those that have religious or other belief-based missions. This recognition enables student organizations to access university facilities and (sometimes) apply for funding.
Public universities in North Carolina recognize a wide diversity of student groups, including those that have religious or other belief-based missions. This recognition enables student organizations to access university facilities and (sometimes) apply for funding.
 
What high school curriculum best prepares a student for college? Which majors yield the highest-paying jobs? Does being held back in kindergarten ultimately help or hurt lifelong educational performance?
What high school curriculum best prepares a student for college? Which majors yield the highest-paying jobs? Does being held back in kindergarten ultimately help or hurt lifelong educational performance?
 
We will offer this allotment of three with more to come; some old, most new, but all quite informative, and, moreover, necessary to understanding that in North Carolina, there is a wiser path to govern ourselves and our People.
We will offer this allotment of three with more to come; some old, most new, but all quite informative, and, moreover, necessary to understanding that in North Carolina, there is a wiser path to govern ourselves and our People.
 
The Pope Center celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2013. Our organization was initially part of the John Locke Foundation, but became independent in 2003. One of our activities is researching problems in higher education and issuing findings and recommendations in major reports...
The Pope Center celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2013. Our organization was initially part of the John Locke Foundation, but became independent in 2003. One of our activities is researching problems in higher education and issuing findings and recommendations in major reports...
 
What high school curriculum best prepares a student for college? Which majors yield the highest-paying jobs? Does being held back in kindergarten ultimately help or hurt lifelong educational performance? A new data collection program may provide the necessary long-term information to...
What high school curriculum best prepares a student for college? Which majors yield the highest-paying jobs? Does being held back in kindergarten ultimately help or hurt lifelong educational performance? A new data collection program may provide the necessary long-term information to...
 
Big things were anticipated for higher education reform in 2013 - but the sizzle turned to fizzle in many cases. Landmark court decisions got pushed off for another year, bubbles didn't quite burst, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) did not take over vast swaths of the higher education...
Big things were anticipated for higher education reform in 2013 - but the sizzle turned to fizzle in many cases. Landmark court decisions got pushed off for another year, bubbles didn't quite burst, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) did not take over vast swaths of the higher education...
 
As a finance and economics professor, I often encounter students with scarce financial knowledge. While students finish high school well-versed in topics such as dangerous drugs and sex, often they know little about basic financial concepts such as compounding interest or the mechanics of the...
As a finance and economics professor, I often encounter students with scarce financial knowledge. While students finish high school well-versed in topics such as dangerous drugs and sex, often they know little about basic financial concepts such as compounding interest or the mechanics of the...
 
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