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Jane S. Shaw


Jane S. Shaw was president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy until February 2015, when she retired and joined the Pope Center's board of directors. Before joining the center in 2006, she was a senior fellow of PERC, the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana.

Before moving in to higher education policy, Shaw was a frequent writer and speaker on environmental topics. With Michael Sanera she coauthored Facts, Not Fear: Teaching Children about the Environment (Regnery 1999). She coedited A Guide to Smart Growth: Shattering Myths and Providing Solutions (Heritage Foundation, 2000) with Ronald Utt. Before joining PERC in 1984, she was an associate economics editor of Business Week. Shaw has a B.A. in English literature from Wellesley College. At that time her name was Jane Steidemann.

Shaw is a past president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, editorial adviser to Econ Journal Watch, a member of the Editorial Advisory Panel of Regulation, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Council of the Institute of Economic Affairs (London). She is married to Richard L. Stroup.

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Articles by Jane S. Shaw

What I Learned by Going Back to College Feb 26, 2016
A few years ago, I went back to school. I was in my 60s and nearing retirement as president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. In that position I had been observing universities, faculty, administrators, and students for five or six years and I thought I knew a lot about academia. I was aware that many students are slackers, that a lot of faculty members have a leftist bias, that college costs too much, that there's grade inflation and a lot of administrative waste and red tape. But I wanted to study again, and North Carolina State University was less than a mile away from where I lived. So far, I have taken five courses, three of them since I retired last February.

What I've learned at the Pope Center Feb 11, 2015
Over the past eight years I have experienced a rich and sometimes tumultuous education about the economics, politics, and culture of today's campuses.

What progressives need to know Jan 21, 2015
George Ehrhardt, one of the few avowed conservative political scientists at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, has published an article that attempts to explain to the political left what the political right's views are on higher education.

A promise from the president of the Pope Center Dec 10, 2014
In a few months, I will retire as president of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. I know that my successor, whoever it is, will continue the Pope Center's commitment to improving higher education.

Now, here is something to wake up trustees Dec 01, 2014
Ever since it was created in 1995, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni has been trying to help trustees do a better job. ACTA has issued readable, thoughtful reports advising trustees on topics such as advancing intellectual diversity, dealing with grade inflation, measuring academic effectiveness, criticizing accreditation, and cutting costs. But turning the ship of higher education around is a herculean task.

The UNC Board of Governors takes action on a leak to the press Nov 17, 2014
In the past few months, under the chairmanship of John Fennebresque, the UNC Board of Governors has been more aggressive than in the past, drilling down into more topics and increasing its discussions in committees and in the full board meetings. But now the board is being distracted by a spat over confidentiality at Winston-Salem State University, one of the board’s sixteen college campuses.

Two modest reasons to preserve the humanities Oct 29, 2014
Two modest reasons to preserve the humanities

Has the corruption ended at UNC-Chapel Hill? Oct 24, 2014
Has the corruption ended at UNC-Chapel Hill?

Secrets of social entrepreneurship: A legal system that works and dedication to a dream Oct 13, 2014
Secrets of entrepreneurship: A legal system that works and dedication to a dream

Here's a message from the University Office of Financial Aid and Duplicity Sep 15, 2014
Here's a message from the University Office of Financial Aid and Duplicity

A Brookings study says there is no student loan crisis, but is it right? Jul 04, 2014
Is there a student loan crisis? A Brookings study says no.

Faculty Vetoes: Powerful and Impotent May 27, 2014
Universities reveal the "tragedy of the anticommons."

Leadership Crack-ups Apr 16, 2014
The fault may lie with naive trustees and a flawed search process.

Mitch Daniels Takes the Helm at Purdue Mar 07, 2014
A no-nonsense politician completes his first year as president and has ambitious plans in store for the university.

A Meager Defense of the Humanities Jan 28, 2014
A report on the humanities and social sciences fails to give a persuasive case for federal support.

The Feminist Retreat Jan 16, 2014
It is hard to find a legitimate justification for women's studies.

A Decade of Reform (Proposals, That Is) Jan 01, 2014
The ideas we proposed over the past ten years may be implemented in the next ten.

Shout Down, Walk Out Nov 12, 2013
Something is amiss when students refuse to engage in dialogue with a controversial speaker.

No Core Curriculum Here Oct 29, 2013
A Pope Center report calls the general education courses at UNC-Chapel unstructured and unwieldy.

Subversive Lessons from China Oct 08, 2013
The last book by economist Ronald Coase offers provocative ideas for higher education, and not the ones you would expect.

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