Breaking Down Barriers: How North Carolina Can Improve Postsecondary Attainment

Policies which remove barriers to college completion and encourage responsible borrowing are critical to postsecondary attainment in North Carolina. The president of The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, Jenna A. Robinson, has authored one of the latest policy briefs on postsecondary education for myFutureNC, a statewide commission focused on educational attainment in North … Continue reading “Breaking Down Barriers: How North Carolina Can Improve Postsecondary Attainment”


Report: NC Colleges and Universities Improve Campus Free Speech Protections

Eight years ago, the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal partnered with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) to evaluate policies and regulations affecting free speech rights at North Carolina colleges and universities. In 2010, no North Carolina college or university, public or private, received FIRE’s “green light” rating. This meant that … Continue reading “Report: NC Colleges and Universities Improve Campus Free Speech Protections”


How North Carolina is Fixing Higher Education

Jane S. Shaw, board chair of the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, praised North Carolina’s higher education reforms in American Spectator last week. She named several important changes made by the UNC System Board of Governors and the North Carolina General Assembly over the last decade that have made North Carolina’s colleges and … Continue reading “How North Carolina is Fixing Higher Education”


Martin Center President Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee

  Dr. Jenna A. Robinson, president of The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, provided testimony on college affordability to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on Tuesday, February 6. She spoke to the committee about the effects of federal student aid on the cost of higher education. Representatives from … Continue reading “Martin Center President Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee”


Shaw Named Chair of Martin Center Board of Directors

The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal is pleased to announce Jane S. Shaw’s election as chair of the nonprofit’s board of directors. “It is an honor to have been elected chair,” Shaw said. “I am fortunate to follow a chairman, Arch T. Allen, who had a clear vision of a better system of … Continue reading “Shaw Named Chair of Martin Center Board of Directors”


Former Gov. Jim Martin to Speak on Higher Education in NC

On Monday, January 30 at 12PM, former North Carolina governor James G. Martin and Martin Center president Jenna Robinson will present “The Past and Future of Higher Education Reform in North Carolina.” Martin and Robinson will discuss the changing higher education challenges in North Carolina, how the Martin Center has addressed them, and the Martin … Continue reading “Former Gov. Jim Martin to Speak on Higher Education in NC”



Toward a New Consensus on Academic Freedom

A new report from the Pope Center recommends legal action as the best means to balance the rights of all academic freedom stakeholders. The current consensus on academic freedom is inadequate for today’s politically-charged higher education environment, and a new framework that more equitably represents all stakeholders is urgently needed. That is a key finding … Continue reading “Toward a New Consensus on Academic Freedom”


Two New Members Join the Pope Center Board of Directors

Robert L. Shibley and Garland S. Tucker, III have joined the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy board of directors. Pope Center president Jenna A. Robinson said, “We’re excited to add new members with such expertise and passion to our board.”


Good and Bad News for UNC System Students

The John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy has released its biennial report on the University of North Carolina system, “€œThe State of the State University 2015: Critical Facts about the University of North Carolina System.”