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Jenna A. Robinson


Jenna Ashley Robinson joined the Pope Center in January 2007 as campus outreach coordinator and later became the center's director of outreach. She was previously the E.A. Morris Fellowship assistant at the John Locke Foundation, where she had worked since 2001.

Robinson graduated from N.C. State University in 2003 with a major in political science and French. She has studied at the University of East Anglia School of American Studies in Norwich, England. She received her master's degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 and her Ph.D. in political science, with a concentration in American politics and a minor in methods, from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012. Robinson is also a graduate of the Koch Associate Program sponsored by the Charles G. Koch Foundation.

Robinson's work has appeared in Investor's Business Daily, American Thinker, Human Events, Carolina Journal, the Lincoln Tribune, the Hickory Daily Record, the Gaston Gazette, the Mountain Express, and the News & Observer. She has taught courses in American politics at UNC-Chapel Hill, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Wake Technical Community College. In 2013, she testified before Congress on the Federal Pell Grant Program. She has served as a member of the North Carolina Longitudinal Data System Board since January 2014.

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Articles by Jenna A. Robinson

Let's bring Western Governors University to North Carolina Feb 20, 2015
For North Carolina, Western Governors University would be a welcome alternative to traditional credit-hour programs, particularly for adult learners who want job training and a degree—not a four-year "experience."

The questionable policy of "border tuition" Jan 02, 2015
The Questionable Policy of "Border Tuition"

5 things American colleges and universities get right Dec 08, 2014
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 get advanced degrees.

Does North Carolina sufficiently support its public universities? Nov 21, 2014
A new report from the Center for American Progress alleges that the "Great Recession" that began in 2008 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 out of higher education.

Why you should think twice about majoring in women's studies and theatre arts Oct 08, 2014
Why you should think twice about majoring in women's studies and theatre arts

Could UNC professors teach more? Sep 03, 2014
Could UNC professors teach more?

I take a look at three reform-minded athletics reports and find a few (very few) good ideas. Jul 23, 2014
I take a look at three reform-minded athletics reports and find a few (very few) good ideas.

UNC-Chapel Hill's Embarrassing Problem Jun 18, 2014
Admitting athletes who aren't prepared for college work is a recipe for cheating.

How UNC Can Shrink Its Budget Jun 01, 2014
North Carolina’s state appropriations must be cut, and here is one way.

A Punch List for UNC May 05, 2014
The system's new website sets the stage for transparency, but the information is missing.

Gainful Employment for Thee, Not Me Mar 26, 2014
The Education Department's new regulations should be applied across the board or not at all.

Mission Creep at the Infirmary Mar 16, 2014
Should student fees pay for sex counselors and improvisational theater?

A Poll on the Latest UNC-Chapel Hill Scandal Feb 28, 2014
Was the administration right to halt Mary Willingham's research?

A Gold Mine of Student Data Dec 26, 2013
Can North Carolina balance accessibility and privacy?

Success as Well as Access Dec 06, 2013
The Pell grant program should return to its creators' vision of helping low-income students graduate from college.

The Wrong Incentives Oct 31, 2013
The UNC System's enrollment funding formula needs an overhaul.

Five Myths Truths About College Costs Oct 02, 2013
A writer says she's busting myths, but there is a lot of truth in them.

Preparing for the Class of 2035 Sep 01, 2013
How will we pay for our newborn's college years?

Additional Details for the State of the State University Report Aug 21, 2013
Supportive details, including statistics for specific campuses, can be found below.

The State of the State University Aug 01, 2013
"The State of the State University" by Jenna Ashley Robinson compiles publicly available data about the University of North Carolina system.

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