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Jay Schalin


Jay Schalin joined the Pope Center in August 2007. A Philadelphia native, he began his writing career as a freelance journalist for the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey and wrote for several other papers in New Jersey and Delaware. He also worked as a software engineer for Computer Sciences Corporation. Schalin has a B.S. in computer science from Richard Stockton College in New Jersey and an M.A. in economics from the University of Delaware.

His articles have appeared in Forbes, the Washington Times, Fox News Online, U.S. News and World Report, Investor's Business Daily, Human Events, and American Thinker. His op-eds have been published by the McClatchy News Service and the Raleigh News & Observer. He has been interviewed on ESPN, National Public Radio, and UNC-TV, and his work has been featured on ABC News and Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor.

Schalin is a regular columnist for

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Articles by Jay Schalin

Gene Nichol's "Poverty Fund" Is About the Politics, Not the Poverty Jul 06, 2015
The reopening of UNC–Chapel Hill Law School's Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity as the "North Carolina Poverty Research Fund" by law professor Gene Nichol shows great contempt for the UNC system Board of Governors, the state legislature, and the people of North Carolina. It also may be illegal.

Pope Center Questions Poverty Research Fund Jul 06, 2015
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.

Are Community Colleges the Unsung Heroes of American Education? Jun 01, 2015
Few people know the challenges faced by community colleges as well as Scott Ralls. For the last seven years, he has been president of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS), the nation's third largest community college system. He will soon leave for a new challenge: he will become the president of North Virginia Community College—the nation's 11th largest college. Jay Schalin of the Pope Center had a long talk with him about the role of community colleges, about how the NCCCS has dealt with a variety of issues, and where the NCCCS stands today.

Two conflicting visions of higher education, Part II Apr 22, 2015
Higher education policy must begin with a vision and a sense of purpose, without which it becomes an incoherent jumble that contradicts itself and pulls in conflicting directions. One problem facing academia today is that it has long been largely subject to one vision, and now a very different, competing vision is emerging that seeks grand reforms.

When university boards of governance actually govern Mar 02, 2015
It is heartwarming to see state officials do the jobs they were elected to do. Too often they have shied away from their obligations to ensure that the university system adheres to appropriate standards of scholarship.

Saving academia from itself Jan 28, 2015
Today's new independent academic centers were conceived to solve a real and difficult modern problem—how to counter academia's gradual purging of a vast array of ideas and knowledge that are still very much alive and central to the nation's intellectual and political dialogues.

Renewal in the University Jan 07, 2015
A major change is occurring on university campuses: the creation of privately funded centers and institutes that preserve the traditional knowledge and perspectives that were once at the heart of the university. This paper by Jay Schalin discusses the surge of such programs across the country.

The most important part of a college education Oct 09, 2014
General education does not get the respect it deserves on U.S. campuses.

Faculty Teaching Loads in the UNC System Aug 01, 2014
This paper by Jay Schalin, the Pope Center's director of policy analysis, explores the teaching loads of faculty in the University of North Carolina system. It finds that the university overstates the actual teaching duties of professors and recommends that the UNC Board of Governors conduct a comprehensive study of faculty workloads.

How Much Do They Really Teach? Jun 15, 2014
The UNC system's official faculty teaching loads don't add up.

Too General, Not Enough Education May 13, 2014
NC State's general education program lacks focus and expects too little of students.

General Education at NC State May 12, 2014
In the Pope Center's latest report, Jay Schalin, director of policy analysis, says that North Carolina State University's general education program is "deeply flawed" because students can select from courses that are "too narrow," "trivial," and often "inspired by political correctness."

A Sickness in the Soul Apr 08, 2014
It is time to recognize that academia--including the University of North Carolina--has lost its moral compass.

Internationalization Is Really Politicization Jan 23, 2014
A growing movement to "internationalize" higher education is just another tactic to politicize the curriculum.

An Online Education Odyssey Dec 22, 2013
The author tries to bring some clarity to the online higher education debate by relating his own experiences.

Time to Decouple Accreditation from Federal Funding Nov 21, 2013
Regional accrediting agencies are inadequate and overbearing in their roles as the gate-keepers to federal higher education funds.

From Ivory Tower to Shining City Upon a Hill Oct 06, 2013
The path to reform of state governments must go through state university systems.

Money Talks--Perhaps Too Much Sep 22, 2013
Big spending on higher education by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation threatens to derail a longstanding reform movement.

Seeking a Better Higher Ed Mousetrap Sep 12, 2013
Higher education is attracting innovations such as the Minerva Project, which aims to compete with the most prestigious schools.

Adjuncts at the Barricades Sep 03, 2013
Increased unionization of adjunct professors will distort rather than than solve the underlying problems in the academic marketplace.

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