Category: Columns

Finally, a sober appraisal of North Carolina’s public universities

State of the State University Report

By Jesse Saffron Raleigh, NC – North Carolina’s public university system is a multi-billion-dollar organization that impacts virtually every region of North Carolina—socially and economically. It employs more than 47,000 people across 17 campuses, making it by far the largest…

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What a year! Ten trends in Higher Education in 2015

By Pope Center staff Raleigh, NC – Looking back at all that happened in higher education this year is enough to make your head spin. One minute, state politicians are finally making good policies; the next, university officials are caving…

High on the hog: UNC salaries dwarf other state agencies’

Living High on the Hog

By Jesse Saffron and Jenna A. Robinson Chapel Hill, NC – The average annual income in North Carolina is just over $40,000. But senior-level bureaucrats in the University of North Carolina system’s General Administration (GA)—who take home six-figure salaries—say they…

WRAL ignores wealthy funders on left

by Susan Myrick Raleigh, NC – WRAL’s Laura Leslie wrote about an Energy Forum held at the Legislature September 9 organized by opponents of renewable energy programs. (Translation from WRAL speak: opponents to taxpayer-funded renewable energy programs.) The central theme…

The real point of ‘Ashley’ revelations

Ashley Madison

By Jim Tynen Raleigh, NC – It’s important to keep the focus on the real issue of government email addresses uncovered at the online affair site Ashley Madison, even as Matt Caulder will continue to look at new developments. Almost…