Study Only What You Want? Not If You Want to Be Successful

Recently, a general education course at UNC-Chapel Hill, “Big-Time College Sports,” was canceled. This sparked controversy after the course’s professor, Jay Smith, argued that the class, which he had taught in previous semesters, was axed because its treatment of Chapel Hill’s recent academic/athletics scandal cast the university in a negative light. Lost in much of … Continue reading “Study Only What You Want? Not If You Want to Be Successful”


Five Questions to Ask Future UNC Board Members

Since 2010, the UNC system’s Board of Governors has become somewhat more conservative and more interested in serious educational reforms. Members of the Board have professed interest in decreasing costs, rolling back university mission creep, and improving academic standards. But progress has been slow. Part of the problem can be attributed to the structure of … Continue reading “Five Questions to Ask Future UNC Board Members”


UNC System Board of Governors Luncheon

Our annual UNC system Board of Governors luncheon will be held at 12PM on Friday, January 13 at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill. This year’s featured speaker is Stanley Kurtz, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC and contributing editor at National Review Online. Dr. Kurtz will discuss … Continue reading “UNC System Board of Governors Luncheon”


The Higher Education Establishment’s Self-Interest Goes Unchecked—Again

Recently, a legislative proposal aimed at improving graduation rates at the University of North Carolina system’s 16 institutions was nixed due to vehement opposition from university leaders. In its place is a watered-down initiative that delays much-needed reform and emphasizes academic handholding rather than high academic standards and student readiness. There is a strong connection … Continue reading “The Higher Education Establishment’s Self-Interest Goes Unchecked—Again”


UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for Civil Rights Continues Leftist Agenda Unabated

In February 2015, the University of North Carolina System’s Board of Governors (BOG) concluded an extensive review of the 237 academic centers and institutes housed across the 16 UNC campuses. The goal was to “determine if each center is meeting its intended purpose, and enhancing the education, research, and service mission of the University.” A … Continue reading “UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for Civil Rights Continues Leftist Agenda Unabated”


Athletics Reform Is Possible Without the NCAA

In the past two decades, North Carolina higher education leaders have tried to address problems related to college athletics. But whether they’ve focused on the increasing pressure to admit academically ill-prepared student-athletes, or student-athletes spending more time on the practice field than in the classroom, to name just two examples, serious reform efforts have been met … Continue reading “Athletics Reform Is Possible Without the NCAA”


Universities Spend Big Money on Public Relations

Recent studies reveal a disturbing trend in higher education: colleges, both private and public, are increasingly devoting a significant amount of time and money to public relations. In a time of tight state budgets, rising tuition rates, and growing concerns over the “corporatization” of higher education, it’s troublesome that universities are finding plenty of money … Continue reading “Universities Spend Big Money on Public Relations”


Pokémon Go Is Booming on Campus, and That’s a Good Thing

On the surface, Pokémon Go players appear to be zombified millennials walking aimlessly, eyes fixed on their cellphones. But in reality they are engaging with a new community of young adults who are embracing a healthy, stimulating, and socially beneficial technology. The game, which has become a global sensation, brings out the best in those … Continue reading “Pokémon Go Is Booming on Campus, and That’s a Good Thing”


Fears Surrounding the Privatization of Campus Services Are Unfounded

Last semester at my school, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, students protested the privatization of the campus bookstore through rallies and social media uproar. Such backlash seemed due to fear of change—change for the workers at the store and change for the Chapel Hill community. For many protestors, the bookstore represented a … Continue reading “Fears Surrounding the Privatization of Campus Services Are Unfounded”


UNC-Chapel Hill’s Economics Program Lacks Historical Perspective

A few weeks ago I went camping with some fellow members of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter. Whenever we get together, there is sure to be an impassioned discussion—not just about the Carolina Panthers or the best brands of bourbon, but also American foreign policy and free … Continue reading “UNC-Chapel Hill’s Economics Program Lacks Historical Perspective”