Pope Center Questions Poverty Research Fund

In an article on the Pope Center’s website entitled, “Gene Nichol’s Poverty Fund Is About the Politics, Not the Poverty,” State Policy Director Jay Schalin points out that the new “Poverty Research Fund” differs from the Center, which the UNC Board of Governors voted to close, only in name.

Pope Center elects Jenna Robinson as president

RALEIGH – Jenna A. Robinson, Ph.D., has been named president and executive director of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, effective February 16, 2015. She will replace Jane S. Shaw, who is retiring.

Pope Center joins in amicus brief to curb power of higher education accreditors

Disturbed by the excessive power wielded by accreditors of higher education institutions, the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy has joined two other reform organizations, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni and the Judicial Education Project, in an amicus brief filed this month.

Pope Center analyzes general education classes at NC State University

John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy policy analyst Jay Schalin has critiqued another North Carolina flagship university–this time NC State University. In 2013, he coauthored a similar report on UNC-Chapel Hill with Jenna Ashley Robinson.

Pope Center honors professors at Duke, UNC-G, UNC-CH with Spirit of Inquiry awards

The John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy has recognized three North Carolina professors for excellence in teaching. The three winners were Peter Feaver (Duke University), David Holian (UNC-G), and Gidi Shemer (UNC-CH). A special recognition award was given to Kelly H. Markson, economics instructor at Wake Tech Community College.

General Education at UNC-Chapel Is “Incoherent” and “Unwieldy”

“General Education at UNC-Chapel Hill.” The report evaluates Chapel Hill’s general education program—the school’s requirements for graduation outside the major subject—in the light of the traditional goals of general education.