Toward a New Consensus on Academic Freedom

A new report from the Pope Center recommends legal action as the best means to balance the rights of all academic freedom stakeholders. The current consensus on academic freedom is inadequate for today’s politically-charged higher education environment, and a new framework that more equitably represents all stakeholders is urgently needed. That is a key finding … Continue reading “Toward a New Consensus on Academic Freedom”


Two New Members Join the Pope Center Board of Directors

Robert L. Shibley and Garland S. Tucker, III have joined the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy board of directors. Pope Center president Jenna A. Robinson said, “We’re excited to add new members with such expertise and passion to our board.”


Good and Bad News for UNC System Students

The John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy has released its biennial report on the University of North Carolina system, “€œThe State of the State University 2015: Critical Facts about the University of North Carolina System.”


Report on English departments reveals decline

The John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy will soon publish a new report entitled “The Decline of the English Department.” Authored by director of policy analysis Jay Schalin, the report investigates current trends in English departments, including why student enrollment has declined in English departments at American universities and how both internal and external pressures have led to widespread changes in the discipline’s curriculum.


Pope Center joins global effort celebrating late Nobel laureate

Milton Friedman, recognized as the most influential economist of the last century, will be the focal point at the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy’s Friedman Legacy Day on July 31 in Pinehurst, NC.


Pope Center Questions Poverty Research Fund

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.





Pope Center elects Jenna Robinson as president

RALEIGH – Jenna A. Robinson, Ph.D., has been named president and executive director of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, effective February 16, 2015. She will replace Jane S. Shaw, who is retiring.