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Jay Schalin


Jay Schalin joined the Pope Center in August 2007. He researches and writes about higher education issues, primarily in North Carolina, and oversees the centerís Web site.

A Philadelphia native, Schalin began working as a freelance journalist for the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey in 1994 and has also written for several other papers in New Jersey and Delaware. In 1998, he returned to school to complete his education, graduating from Richard Stockton College in New Jersey with a B.S. in computer science in 2001. After graduation, he was employed as a software engineer for Computer Sciences Corporation. Schalin received an M.A. in economics from the University of Delaware in 2008.

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Articles by Jay Schalin

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.

UNC-Chapel Hill's Diversity Residence Is Divisive Aug 20, 2013
The UNITA "living-learning" community claims to break down barriers but instead instills animosity.

University Governance's Missing Link Aug 11, 2013
Giving the public university system its own executive director would solve the "asymmetry of information" problem.

The War Against Truth Jul 02, 2013
Inside the academy and out, subjectivity is starting to replace the objective search for truth.

Stop Subsidizing Waste! Jun 13, 2013
There is a common sense solution to our current wasteful financial aid programs.

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