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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

Remediation's End? Jul 20, 2015
For quite a few years, North Carolina's colleges and universities have blurred the line between higher and basic education by admitting students who need remedial classes before they can handle college-level work. Fortunately, several provisions moving through the General Assembly may change the face of remediation by shifting it back to lower levels of education where it belongs.

How to Right-Size a University System Jun 22, 2015
Today, the system is faced with an important existential question: how to "right-size" the system itself, which may include reducing the number of campuses. This question badly needs to be addressed, and soon; as Harry Smith, the chair of the Board of Governor's budget and finance committee, admitted in March, "[P]eople have been ducking this conversation for a long time."

Pending bills represent progress toward reforming higher ed in North Carolina May 11, 2015
Pending bills represent progress toward reforming higher education in North Carolina. However, they are only scratching the surface of the work that needs to be done. The scandals at UNC-Chapel Hill show that the UNC system desperately needs to be made more transparent. And more attention should be directed to reducing the cost of a university education by making the system more efficient. Even so, some reform is better than none.

10 ways the Ivory Tower is eroding American values Apr 24, 2015
Students are not actually trained to think for themselves. And radical professors and administrators simply replace one dogma with another instead of creating open-minded critical thinkers. In other words, professors spend their time tearing down American values only to replace them with alternate campus values.

A coalition for transparency at the UNC Board of Governors is building Apr 06, 2015
UNC Board of Governors meetings are hard to navigate for the uninitiated, such as a member of the public. The committee rooms are small, spread out, and poorly labeled. All the people who attend the meetings seem to know each other. Finding a place to sit in the boardroom often means arriving an hour before the meeting begins. And if you don't get a seat, you're out of luck. Although the main board meeting is video-streamed into the lobby, it's hard to hear and it isn't recorded.

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.

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