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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill became the nation's first public university in 1789. Situated in the college town of Chapel Hill, N.C., it is a public research university and a flagship campus of the University of North Carolina system.

Read more about UNC Chapel Hill in articles from the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

Public or Private: Public
Average High School GPA: 4.00
Average SAT Score (Out of 2400): 1790-2090
ACT Score: 27-32
6-Year Graduation Rate: 89%
Acceptance Rate: 31%
Student-Faculty Ratio: 14:1
Undergraduate Enrollment: 18430
Women's College: No
Religious Affiliation: None
Location: Suburban
Academic Quality
General Education Rating: D
Shakespeare: Yes
Academic Transparency: Transparent
Financial Matters
In State Tuition: $8,122.98
Out of State Tuition: $29,904.98
Average Starting Salary of Graduates: $42,800.00
Average Student Debt of Graduates: $17,525.00
Good Economic Value?: Good
Percentage of Funding Provided by Taxpayers: 63.00%
Percentage of Alumni who Give: 22.00%
FIRE's Free Speech Rating: Yellow
Alternative Newspaper: Yes
Student Political Involvement: Very Political
Faculty Political Balance: Very Unbalanced: Democratic
Board of Trustees Political Balance: Balanced
Pope Center for Higher Education Policy Articles

These articles are primarily about UNC-Chapel Hill:

What It Means to Be a Tar Heel: It's important to take advantage of what is on campus and get out of one's high school mindset. (June 16, 2013)

Challenge Me: A student at UNC-Chapel Hill is surprised to find that his freshman courses were less rigorous than many high school classes. (May 26, 2013)

'He Said, She Said' at UNC: Colleges should promote personal responsibility, not trials at student-led courts. (May 5, 2013)

A Surprising Move, from Dartmouth to UNC: The chancellor-elect comes from an Ivy League college that has one-seventh the students and no athletic scholarships. (April 16, 2013)

"Her Incredible Strength as a Teacher": Students of UNC-Chapel Hill's Eunice Sahle defend her as an outstanding instructor and mentor. (January 31, 2013)

The Facts Speak for Themselves: Students' impassioned arguments don't alter real evidence that a UNC-Chapel Hill department head's scholarship and teaching are one-sided. (January 31, 2013)

Students in Space: Universities build a lot of classrooms, but use them infrequently. (October 30, 2012)

UNC-Chapel Hil Redeems Itself: The summer reading assignment at UNC-Chapel Hill and Lenoir-Rhyne University represents a bold break from victimhood. (June 6, 2012)

Embroiled in Scandal, Again: UNC asks government investigators to scrutinize its African and Afro-American Studies Department. (May 16, 2012)

Deconstructing Free Assembly: Universities are taking advantage of a 2010 Supreme Court ruling to eliminate student organizations that don't conform to political correctness. (February 5, 2012)

A Man for This Season: UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Thorp deliberated a long time, but he made the right decision. (July 31, 2011)

When Theory is Practical: A Chapel Hill graduate discovers that theoretical classes provide the foundation for real-life applications. (July 28, 2011)

Students Teaching Students?: UNC-Chapel Hill has undergraduates teaching economics “recitations.” Is that a good idea? (March 31, 2011)

Veiled Intentions: The man behind the controversial “Ground Zero Mega-Mosque” spoke at UNC-Chapel Hill, leaving behind more questions than answers. (March 21, 2011)

Liberating Chapel Hill: Cutting UNC's flagship campus loose from the system would help solve some major problems with little negative impact. (January 20, 2011)

What a Load: A Texas A&M study of faculty productivity led a reporter to scrutinize a university department at UNC-Chapel Hill. (January 7, 2011)

An Accident of Planned Growth: North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park became a model for government economic development efforts—unfortunately, however, a misleading one. (January 2, 2011)

It Was All "About Me": A student at UNC-Chapel Hill breezed through freshman composition and learned—nothing. (December 9, 2010)

Inquiring Minds Ought to Know: UNC-Chapel Hill's denial of a request for lists of professors' publications highlights a need for greater transparency and legal clarity. (November 14, 2010)

Standing Athwart: Student publications at North Carolina universities offer an alternative to the establishment opinion. (October 22, 2010)

True Believers: UNC-Chapel Hill's chancellor and his faculty co-author have extraordinary faith that the university can and should solve our problems, whether we want it to or not. (October 19, 2010)

Switching Things Up: I decided to make my class schedule suit my own needs, however unusual they are. (September 3, 2010)

Adam Smith? Who's He?: It’s time to return the history of economic thought to the college curriculum. (September 1, 2010)

Students as Guinea Pigs: In a UNC-Chapel Hill psychological experiment, undergraduates were told to imagine having incest with a beloved family member. (August 10, 2010)

Standing Up to My Alma Mater: One graduate finds out that she can support her school without giving administrators free rein to use the money as they wish. (June 10, 2010)

Reading Between the Lines: A recent UNC study on K-12 education highlights the conflict between two competing instruction methods.  (May 24, 2010)

We're All Diversity Advocates Now: A UNC-Chapel Hill student gives a firsthand account of a “Diversity 101” training session. (May 11, 2010)

Social and Economic Justice, Without the Economics or the Justice: Can universities do anything about professors and programs that make a mockery of the subject they are supposed to be teaching? (May 6, 2010)

Gotta Get 'Em While They're Young!: A program in social and economic justice. (May 4, 2010)

A Triumph of Civilization at Chapel Hill: Tom Tancredo successfully returned to Chapel Hill in spite of the protesters who disrupted his appearance last year.  (May 2, 2010)

Helping Hand or Unfair Advantage: Do universities provide a level playing field for students with learning disabilities, or permit some to game the system? (March 30, 2010)

Yes, You Too Can Be a Certified Diversity Advocate!: A Chapel Hill program wastes money pushing an ideological trinket. (March 18, 2010)

Danny Glover Plays Chapel Hill: The Hollywood gadfly brought his unique brand of radical politics to UNC-Chapel Hill's Martin Luther King celebration. (February 2, 2010)

Welcoming the Clash of Ideas: UNC-Chapel Hill is no longer giving a rough reception to conservative speakers, and intellectual discourse is flourishing. (October 14, 2009)

The Culture Chasm at UNC: Selections for a lecture series on “Renewing the Western Tradition” reveal the radically differing perspectives of academics and the rest of us. (October 10, 2009)

The Politics of Intimidation Come to Chapel Hill: Radicals are openly conducting a campaign of harassment against a campus organization that defends Western culture. (September 20, 2009)

The Bane of Bureaucracy: A private consultant’s investigation of UNC-Chapel Hill is a model for the reform of higher education business practices. (August 3, 2009)

Distance Education Still Has a Long Way to Go: A former UNC student says online courses lack the educational quality of regular classes.  (July 8, 2009)

Follow Your Heart: A high school senior is forced to choose between attending the first-rate university of her dreams by herself or a lower-quality school with her boyfriend. (June 11, 2009)

Backtalk Permitted in this Classroom: A Pope Center article about teacher training for grad students hit a nerve, and some readers respond. (January 1, 2009)

Mais Oui!: Foreign languages can help fill the deficit in today’s English instruction. (December 29, 2008)

Avoiding the Taint of Christmas: The decision not to display Christmas trees at the UNC-Chapel Hill libraries reflects the view that Western culture belongs in the ash heap.  (December 22, 2008)

How to Create Terrible Professors: Many graduate students start to teach without knowing a thing about how to do it. I was one of them.  (November 30, 2008)

A Most Unnatural State of Nature: A UNC speaker’s report that global capitalism is dead is premature, but that does not faze the true believers. (November 13, 2008)

Teaching Marxist Subversion at UNC: The “Social Justice” doctrine preached by radical educators such as William Ayers has infiltrated North Carolina’s flagship education school.  (October 30, 2008)

Chancellor Thorp's Installation Address Offers Insight into His Thinking: Chancellor has one promising idea and two dead-ends in his speech (October 24, 2008)

The Art of Propaganda: UNC-Chapel Hill's performance series. (October 13, 2008)

Clash of Wills Over Enrollment Coming to Chapel Hill: The desire of UNC's trustees to maintain prestige is on a collision course with the university system's wish to increase access. (September 27, 2008)

Gut Feelings Over Conventional Wisdom: How I chose a smaller, less-distinguished program and wound up with a better education. (June 26, 2008)

College Is Not a Spectator Sport -- Participate!: A Chapel Hill senior says to get involved in and outside the classroom to get the most out of the college experience. (June 19, 2008)

Opportunities Lost in the Ivory Tower: A student at UNC-Chapel Hill shares some regrets about his college years and offers some advice to future collegians. (June 5, 2008)

Chapel Hill Dynasty: The new chancellor of UNC-Chapel Hill is likely to not only continue James Moeser's policies, but last a long time. (May 12, 2008)

Our Readers Recommendations: Some readers responded to our call for summer reading programs with ideas of their own. (May 8, 2008)

Making Summer Reading Programs Matter: University summer reading programs can be made much more meaningful than they currently are. (April 18, 2008)

Blueprint for a Tower of Babel: UNC-Chapel Hill’s Summer Reading Program picks a book that promotes divisive identity politics.  (April 15, 2008)

Legal Education in North Carolina: A Report for Potential Students, Lawmakers, and the Public (February 25, 2008)

Not Worth a Plugged Nichol: UNC should not consider the ousted William & Mary president for chancellor. (February 22, 2008)

Ignoring the Ideological Elephant in the Room: Sometimes the most important questions are the ones never asked.  (February 15, 2008)

All Rights, But No Freedom: Mock constitutional convention at UNC-Chapel Hill produces a document inspired by radical politics. (December 19, 2007)

Student Activity Fees: Who Gets What and Who Decides? (November 15, 2007)

Marx, Mao, and Mischief at UNC: A geography course should teach geography, not the professor's agenda.  (September 25, 2007)

Athletics Arms Race: Stadium renovations provide more luxury to already luxurious arenas (July 27, 2007)

V-Day: Stripping Away Modesty and Dignity: Monologues a disservice to students (February 12, 2007)

Higher Education Conference at UNC Promotes "Inclusion": Leaders discuss access and affordability amongst themselves (September 21, 2006)

Inquiry Paper No. 24: English 101: Prologue to Literacy or Postmodern Moonshine? (June 19, 2006)

UNC-Chapel Hill Tries to Spin Away a Major Defeat: Time and Money Wasted in Process (May 18, 2006)

Campus Event Should Promote Debate, Not Anger: Administrators should not use tragedy to censor speech (March 9, 2006)

Students Terrorized, but It's Not Terrorism: UNC-CH reacts to student's act of terror (March 8, 2006)

UNC Out of Bounds with Cartoon Flap: DTH does not need to apologize (February 16, 2006)

Controversy Surrounds DTH Cartoon: Muslim Student Association, school officials criticize student paper (February 13, 2006)

Tar Heels Turn It Green With Inefficient Solar Power Program: Residence Hall Project Wastes Money (January 26, 2006)

Will UNC Ever Be "Diverse" Enough?: Task force wants more diversity efforts (October 27, 2005)

UNC Gets Serious About Grade Inflation...Maybe: Educational Policy Committee examines issue (October 6, 2005)

Teaching Assistants -- One of UNC's Worst Features: TAs can add problems to courses (August 4, 2005)

How Dare You Question The Edwards Center at UNC?: Supporters upset at criticism of Poverty Center (June 3, 2005)

Town Hall meeting hears thoughts on search for UNC president: Hunt said by some to be favorite (May 6, 2005)

Audit: UNC-Chapel Hill has $2.2 billion in assets: An increase of $216 million from 2003 (April 20, 2005)

State, UNC, ECU purchase expensive furniture from out-of-state maker: Schools ignore furniture industry (May 6, 2005)

Questions for the Women's Studies Department: Do Women’s Studies want students? (April 1, 2005)

Franklin & Granted: On (Not) Getting By at UNC (March 30, 2005)

Inquiry Paper No. 21: An Empty Room of One's Own: A Critical Look at the Women's Studies Programs of North Carolina's Publicly Funded Universities (March 30, 2005)

Speaking a Different Language: UNC definitions don't match actual meanings (March 2, 2005)

UNC faculty really did seek openness on the Edwards deal: Consistency reigned after all (March 1, 2005)

Fraternity close to gaining recognition: Settlement urged in federal court case (February 21, 2005)

Tuition at UNC-Chapel Hill: Students could afford to pay more (February 21, 2005)

Patriots on the Hill: A look at Carolina Troop Supporters (February 16, 2005)

Student newspaper headline goes too far: Shock value not always needed (February 14, 2005)

What Do You Give to a Failed Candidate?: UNC-Chapel Hill creates center for Edwards (February 11, 2005)

Revisionist Attempt to Erase History: Academia filled with people who want to rewrite past (February 3, 2005)

UNC-CH approves tuition increase: BOG to make final decision next month (January 27, 2005)

In defense of mockery as criticism (January 10, 2005)

A dickens of a protest at UNC (December 20, 2004)

Nothing Different Between Pope Foundation and Other Donors: Pope Foundation considering $12 million grant (December 3, 2004)

Liberals Lose It Again: Radicals just don't understand Western Civ program (November 19, 2004)

No, really - this column is reason to turn down several million dollars?: Course of the month under fire (November 19, 2004)

Western Civ proposal at UNC sparks smear campaign by fearful radicals: College of Arts and Sciences working on new western civilization program (November 13, 2004)

UNC-Chapel Hill leftists gear up to protest Western Civ program: Oh, that Chapel Hill tolerance — smear campaign starts just seven words in. (November 10, 2004)

New minor proposed at UNC-Chapel Hill: Yankette/ee Studies: Only UNC can help us understand folks who ain't from around here. (November 1, 2004)

Do We Need to Have “Latina/o” Studies Programs?: UNC-CH creates new minor (October 21, 2004)

Where UNC Could Show Some Real Leadership: Moeser deliver (October 7, 2004)

Racial and Sexual Discrimination at UNC, and All: OCR issues ruling on UNC professor (October 4, 2004)

Carolina Covenant Increased: Program to cover more families, Moeser said (September 29, 2004)

James Moeser's Very Bad Idea: School attempts to make religious group sign "nondiscrimination" pledge (September 3, 2004)

Does publicly funded 'media democracy' mean killing the president?: And why does UNC-Chapel Hill support this garbage? (August 24, 2004)

UNC under FIRE: For locking out a Christian student group (August 20, 2004)

UNC-Chapel Hill Freezes Funds, Revokes Recognition of Christian Student Group (August 17, 2004)

Conservatives criticize UNC-Chapel Hill reading program again: School selects Absolutely American (August 13, 2004)

UNC gays define 'perversion': Codes that protect white, heterosexual males, too: Homosexual activists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are circulating a petition to stop "a perversion of anti-discrimination codes" (April 26, 2004)

Efforts to Stifle Caroline Students for Life Aborted: Pro-life group included in Carolina Women's Center Web site (April 15, 2004)

Thought Police Steal a Victory from UNC-Chapel Hill: Feds can't accomplish what people with free speech had achieved (April 7, 2004)

UNC-Chapel Hill suffers from a "raid": Brain Drain discussion and annual ritual for school. (February 25, 2004)

Christian student's opinion in UNC-CH class labeled: Professor sent email to denounce student's discussion. (February 19, 2004)

UNC Students Publish a Tear-Jerker on Tuition Increases: Book entitled "The Personal Stories Project: Faces, Not Numbers" (February 13, 2004)

New Student Orientation and Racial Identification at N.C. State: School requires all first-year students to participate (January 29, 2004)

UNC-CH Opens Study Abroad Program in Castro: School officials say they want a "head start" (January 20, 2004)

Bark! the 'Germanic language' rings — in this bizarre UNC-CH course: Most absurd course ever (December 16, 2003)

"EC" abortion advocates encourage dangerous, irresponsible behavior at UNC-Chapel Hill: Abortion advocates actively encouraged drunk people to have sex. (November 18, 2003)

UNC-Chapel Hill officials warn of "brain drain" — again: School says 53 professors lost last year (October 24, 2003)

"Guess the Blather"™ contest winners: Announcing who produced the best and funniest guesses (October 2, 2003)

Why UNC-CH leftists are right to complain about Coulter's visit: Students forced to pay for events through student fees (September 19, 2003)

More Unscholarly Summer Reading Choices: UNC-CH chooses Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (July 24, 2003)

Another Dud for UNC's Summer Reading Program: School selects Nickel and Dimed. (June 6, 2003)

To Please U.S. News & World Report, UNC Wants to Cut In-State Enrollment: Plan would have to get around 18% cap on out of state students (May 30, 2003)

Online sports news site sues N.C. State, UNC for access: Claim they are now given press passes for online status (May 16, 2003)

Give us a week, we'll take off the guilt: Campus causes lead to the absurd. (April 18, 2003)

A sneak peek at this year's UNC Summer Reading program: Program is for incoming freshman (April 1, 2003)

Defense of free expression and inquiry at UNC-CH not thorough enough: Moeser misses some opportunities (February 21, 2003)

Another UNC-Chapel Hill official gets a sweet send-off: Deals amount to $520,000 for two people (January 31, 2003)

Petty UNC-CH officials rebuffed in attempt to de-recognize Christian group: Leaders attempted to close InterVarsity (January 10, 2003)

No excuses for media mistreatment of UNC-CH salary study: White men earn less than minorities (November 8, 2002)

New General-Education Curriculum Proposed for UNC-Chapel Hill: Report first step in overhaul (October 25, 2002)

How to teach about the war at America's 'leading public university': Teach-in shows slanted view (September 20, 2002)

Scholars make the case, apparently, for sex studies at UNC-Chapel Hill: Homosexuals need to feel more comfortable on campus (September 13, 2002)

Suggestions for a diversity of provocation at UNC-Chapel Hill: UNC-CH predominantly left leaning (September 6, 2002)

Approaching the Qur'an -- Why Bother?: UNC-Chapel Hill's summer reading controversy (August 23, 2002)

Report urges sweeping changes to fix "LGBTQ Climate" at UNC-Chapel Hill: More sexuality classes, special housing arrangements among the proposals (July 15, 2002)

Report lists myriad ways to improve 'LGBTQ climate' at UNC-Chapel Hill: Some recommendations would require legislative approval (June 14, 2002)

Sign a Form, Get College Credit: Student body president starts student lobbying course (May 17, 2002)

Sept. 11 figures in campus discussions on health, discrimination, and racism: Teach-in blames U.S. for terrorist attacks (April 26, 2002)

Survey finds one-sided political affiliation among UNC-Chapel Hill faculty: Carolina Review questions UNC's devotion to diversity (March 28, 2002)

Courses welcome back at UNC-Qatar (February 15, 2002)

UNC-Chapel Hill mulls opening business school in Qatar (December 15, 2001)

Harsh Critic of UNC-Chapel Hill to Speak in Chapel Hill, Raleigh: Leftist-radical-turned-conservative-activist David Horowitz (November 23, 2001)

Feminist teach-in links "fundamentalism" in the Middle East to (natch) the U.S. (November 15, 2001)

Combined teach-in will focus on the fight against fundamentalism: Teach-in a response to September 11th (October 19, 2001)

Speakers at UNC-Chapel Hill "teach-ins" compare the U.S. with Nazis, terrorists (October 7, 2001)

Prank at UNC-Chapel Hill leads to calls for homosexual student center: Originates in a fake DTH advertisement (September 28, 2001)

A week after the attacks, speakers at UNC-Chapel Hill: Speakers blame the United States (September 21, 2001)

The Glaring Omission from Moeser: Chancellor places emphasis on fundraising and funding (September 14, 2001)

Inquiry #12: Faculty Compensation in N.C.: How Our Research Universities Compare with Peer Institutions (September 1, 2001)

NC research institutions valiantly celebrate female genitalia (March 15, 2001)

UNC Responds to NCAA Study: Schools says results should not be viewed negatively (December 28, 2000)

Duke Posts High Athlete Grad. Rates, Mixed Findings For UNC: Blue Devils rank second behind Northwestern (November 30, 2000)

Is UNC-CH's Budget As Trim As Possible?: Former coaches still on payroll (August 4, 2000)

A Great Place to Party? Survey Says... Chapel Hill: UNC-CH ranked on (June 30, 2000)

Student Congress Backs Universal Healthcare: UNC-Chapel Hill group offers support of HB 1396 (June 22, 2000)

Who is James Moeser?: Named new chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill (April 27, 2000)

UNC’s search benefits from candidates’ withdrawals: Entrepreneurship to benefit education (January 6, 2000)

UNC, Public College Students Post High Family Income: Higher incomes for UNC-CH families (December 12, 1999)

Inquiry #3: The Professors Are Not Underpaid: UNC-CH Professors are well compensated (November 19,1999)

UNC Consultant Gets Big Bucks for Small Bang, Report Says: Fees range from $7,000 to $10,000 per day (November 18, 1999)

Professors make case for tuition increases - with “string” attached: Elite schools have little impact on graduates' success study finds (November 4, 1999)

Apocalypse at UNC: Professors say crisis exists over tuition increase (October 21, 1999)

Task Force Calls for Tuition Hike to Boost Professors’ Pay: Evidence shows faculty salaries are among highest in nation (October 12, 1999)

Spending Priorities of UNC-CH Hard to Pin Down: "High priority" and "emergency" mean two different things (September 30, 1999)

Sober Policies on Drinking?: Other schools jump on anti-drinking bandwagon  (September 20, 1999)

Shakedown, Breakdown, Nakell Busted: Former UNC-Chapel Hill professor charged for third time with stealing (September 2, 1999)

UNC-Chapel Hill one of highest-paying public universities, study finds: Ranks fifth among similar universities (June 17, 1999)

Report Discourages Privatization of Housekeeping at UNC-CH: UNC-CH officials have yet to endorse report (April 9, 1999)

Privatization Report at UNC Raises Problems, Few Questions: Study does not look at cost savings (April 2, 1999)

Sign of the Times, UNC-CH more Y2K ready than most: UNC-CH is prepared (February 26, 1999)


These articles mention UNC-Chapel Hill or the UNC system:

Five Tasks for the UNC Board of Governors: The Pope Center offers some suggestions to help the new UNC board take charge. (July 21, 2013)

Transition and Tragedy: How does a freshman cope with the sudden death of a parent? (July 11, 2013)

The End of Summer Reading?: Disenchantment with freshman reading sets in across North Carolina. (June 30, 2013)

Course Correction: Current public policy debates don't belong in a basic political science course, but public policy examples do. (June 6, 2013)

Faculty Attack Squad: An attempt to organize North Carolina's progressive faculty gets down and dirty. (April 18, 2013)

Change at the UNC Board of Governors, or Not?: The Republican-dominated board may scrutinize the budget, but does it have an appetite for reform? (April 14, 2013)

Make Public Information Public: The University of North Carolina and other state entities should be transparent. (April 11, 2013)

Revisiting the Out-of-State Cap: The UNC system considers changing the geographic background of its students. (February 7, 2013)

The Twelve Reforms of Christmas, Part III: We offer our final four ways to fix public higher education, especially in North Carolina. (December 27, 2012)

UNC's Diversity Bureaucracy: A Pope Center survey reveals that diversity offices in the UNC system took few hits during the recent recession. (July 29, 2012)

How Did Your School Do?: U.S. News and Forbes disagree about North Carolina's colleges, and we have another recommendation (September 29, 2011)

Out of School and Into the Red: Debt-to-salary ratios reveal which North Carolina schools give students a good payback. (September 2, 2011)

A New Era for the Board of Governors?: Fiscal realities, new members, and a national re-examination of the college experience suggest that change may occur. (August 14, 2011)

This Won't Hurt A Bit: The North Carolina state government is rapidly taking over health care in the state through its university system. (July 26, 2011)

The Money Pit: Despite the economy, the University of North Carolina still has plenty of building projects going forth. (July 17, 2011)

The Little Budget That Could (Avoid New Taxes): North Carolina's probable new higher education budget is a mixed bag with lots of questions yet to be answered. (June 12, 2011)

An Enrollment Cap at UNC?: Limiting the number of students at UNC would reduce costs and improve academic quality. (June 5, 2011)

A Common-Sense Look at UNC Faculty Workloads (June 2, 2011)

Subdued Beginnings: The times are somber and the commencement speakers are serious. (May 15, 2011)

Community Colleges Show the Way: The UNC system could learn how to cut costs from our state's community colleges. (May 2, 2011)

Braking a Runaway Train: A budget proposal by a North Carolina legislative committee reverses the UNC system's longterm explosive growth trend. (April 17, 2011)

Hardly an Academic Sweatshop: A common-sense look at UNC faculty workloads indicates that professors teach less than the system claims. (April 10, 2011)

The Winners Are...Democrats!: The Pope Center's College Finder project reveals that the faculty at North Carolina colleges are mostly Democrats. (April 8, 2011)

Rainy Day Education Funding: North Carolina's new legislative majority may clean up some shaky financial practices in its higher education systems. (March 27, 2011)

March Money Madness Round II: Which schools in the NCAA tournament saddle their students with the most debt? (March 25, 2011)

March Money Madness: Which schools in the NCAA tournament land their graduates the best-paying jobs? (March 18, 2011)

How Does Your University Measure Up?: The Pope Center and ACTA examine the state of general education at colleges and universities in North Carolina. (February 24, 2011)

Starving the Academic Beast: Huge state deficits and a changing of the political guard mean that public university systems must downsize. (February 22, 2011)

Evangelists for Diversity: Offices of diversity are one thing the UNC system can do without. (February 16, 2011)

Should UNC Tuition Go Up?: Here’s your chance to weigh in. (February 20, 2011)

Remediation: Still a Mystery: A Pope Center review of remedial education in the UNC system reveals that no one knows if it is helping the students who take it. (January 10,2011)

The Truth about Campus Crime: In spite of the headlines, campuses are generally safe; watch out for the neighborhood, though. (December 6, 2010)

How Much "Student" in Student-Athlete?: Academic progress rates suggest that many athletes are still falling behind and unlikely to graduate. (November 19, 2010)

The Potemkin Enrollment Policy: Like the infamous Russian village, UNC's newly proposed enrollment policy is all facade and no substance. (November 7, 2010)

Growing Pains: The difficult economy means that the UNC system's aggressive growth policy is likely to come to an abrupt halt. (October 10, 2010)

North Carolina's For-Profit Challenge: UNC’s role in licensing nonpublic colleges (especially for-profits) may pose a conflict of interest. (September 12, 2010)

A Rule Made to Be Broken: Barely a month after the UNC system ignored its own self-imposed tuition cap, it is proposing another one. (September 5, 2010)

In With the In-Crowd: Bowles' replacement as president of the UNC system shares his insider status (August 27, 2010)

UNC's Middle Class Squeeze: UNC officials and the state legislature decide to empty the pockets of students who pay their own way instead of cutting waste. (July 25, 2010)

UNC's 2010 Budget: It's All Greek to Me: North Carolina’s legislators ignored the hard lessons forced on Greece due to fiscal irresponsibility in the 2010-11 higher education budget. (July 11, 2010)

Open Checkbook for Unchecked Growth: An attempt to limit enrollment growth in North Carolina state universities was shot down by legislators. (July 2, 2010)

Reforming the Academic Core: The Board of Governors should select a president who will revitalize student learning at the University of North Carolina. (June 1, 2010)

North Carolina Bucks the Trend: While commencement speakers across the nation talked politics, North Carolina’s choices were more restrained. (May 27, 2010)

The Three-Day Wonder: The North Carolina Senate rams through a $19 billion budget that shores up UNC finances with taxpayer funds. (May 21, 2010)

"Will Work for State Appropriations": Governor Perdue's budget proposal kicks off the start of the serious higher education lobbying season in North Carolina.  (April 25, 2010)

A Healthy University Needs Surgical Cuts: Legislative budget cuts can improve the UNC system by forcing sensible cuts to extravagant programs. (April 15, 2010)

Ed Schools, Leave Those Teachers Alone: A new study by the University of North Carolina could lead to major reform of education schools. (April 11, 2010)

Other People's Money: Government officials try to get creative with UNC tuition hikes instead of using proper fiscal restraint. (March 7, 2010)

Do North Carolina Students Have Freedom of Speech? (February 17, 2010)

Requiem for a Heavyweight: A conservative writer offers his take on UNC president Erskine Bowles, perhaps North Carolina's best known Democrat. (February 16, 2010)

What Are Faculty Paid, and Why? :The Pope Center’s effort to make the UNC system more transparent to the public reveals a lot but raises more questions. (February 5, 2010)

Equalizing Outcomes Through Program Proliferation: The UNC system hopes to improve graduation rates by expanding expensive programs. (January 18, 2010)

In the Rearview Mirror: 2009: The Pope Center staff takes a look back at some of the big events and trends of the last year. (December 29, 2009)

How UNC Spends Its Money: We report on how much the university system spends on actual teaching as opposed to non-student expenditures. (December 17, 2009)

Putting the Scholar Back in Scholarships: The University of North Carolina's scholarship program can be crafted to make the state's entire education system more competitive. (December 4, 2009)

The Treaty of Chapel Hill: Formalizing the collaboration between the military and the University of North Carolina system makes sense for the entire state (and possibly the whole nation). (November 15, 2009)

What's In Store: Erskine Bowles has laid out his intentions for the UNC system for the upcoming school year. (September 27, 2009)

No Detours on the Big Government Highway, Part II: Despite lots of rhetoric about cuts to the UNC budget, the university system's expansionary agenda keeps rolling along. (August 16, 2009)

No Detours on the Big Government Highway, Part I: Despite lots of rhetoric about cuts to the UNC budget, the university system's expansionary agenda keeps rolling along. (August 13, 2009)

A Common Sense Way to Save Education Dollars: Shifting students and resources from universities to community colleges is cost-effective and academically sensible. (July 5, 2009)

It's Summer Time and the Reading is Easy: Freshman “common readings” look like a waste of time when compared to the classics some high schoolers are expected to study. (June 8, 2009)

The Privileged Class: The commotion about the university job of a former North Carolina governor's wife reveals a larger pattern of undue influence throughout the UNC system. (May 26, 2009)

No Time to Subsidize Silliness: UNC's leadership should regard the budgetary process in lean times as a reason to cut waste. (April 12, 2009)

Behind Closed Doors: The N.C. Senate’s secretive method for electing Board of Governors members screams for greater transparency—and maybe some new people in charge. (March 26, 2009)

Who Pays the Piper Calls the Tune: UNC’s low-tuition policy has some unexpected downsides. (January 12, 2009)

College Admission Through the Back Door: You can attend your school of choice even if rejected with a little ingenuity. (July 31, 2008)

Big Spending, Little Results: A new study suggests that North Carolina's big investment in higher education might not be paying off as expected. (June 29, 2008)

Global Waste: The North Carolina in the World program is an unproductive use of taxpayers' money, at best.  (June 22, 2008)

Required to Graduate: Mandatory Volunteering: A North Carolina Senate bill will add a community service requirement for graduation for almost every college in the state. (June 7, 2008)

A Tale of Two State University Systems: One proposes central control and rapid expansion; the other, better education at lower costs. (May 27, 2008)

Big Changes Bring Big Questions for UNC: Two growing programs illustrate the university system's changing role in North Carolina. (May 16, 2008)

Chancellor Search Should Be Transparent: North Carolina state universities have the most secretive hiring practices for top university officials in the nation.  (March 27, 2008)

Ignoring the Ideological Elephant in the Room: Sometimes the most important questions are the ones never asked.  (February 15, 2008)

A Broader Role for the University on Its Way?: Why K-12 and UNC need each other. (February 1, 2008)

Something for Everyone Might Mean Less for All: The UNC Tomorrow Commision's final report lacks focus. (January 25, 2008)

Deconstructing America by Decree: Should North Carolina enroll illegal immigrants in colleges? (December 26, 2007)

Another Battle in the Student Fees War: Activity fees are often used for general expenses as if they were extra tuition. (December 5, 2007)

To Be or Not To Be: Shakespeare in the English Department (September 27, 2007)

Things We Could Do Without in the State Budget: Wasteful spending can be found in higher education package (July 31, 2007)

UNC Tomorrow Commission: Making the University "Demand Driven": An interview with BOG member Peter Han (May 30, 2007)

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: A look at the recently-passed House budget (May 14, 2007)

Faculty Compensation in the University of North Carolina System: How UNC schools compare with their national peers (May 9, 2007)

Paying the Profs -- How Much is Enough?: UNC claims “brain drain,” but does it exist? (May 8, 2007)

Legislature Should View "EARN" Scholarships with Caution: Easley wants to spend $150 million over two years on new program (February 23, 2007)

Glimmers of Good Ideas from "Emerging Issues" Conference: Few bright spots exist from higher education forum (February 15, 2007)

A Closer Look at the UNC Budget Request: System wants $299 million in new funding (November 30, 2006)

Textbook Prices Add Costs to Students: UNC looking at ways to reduce prices (September 14, 2006)

Two Studies Agree -- UNC Governance Should Be Changed: New report backs up earlier findings made by ACTA, Pope Center (August 31, 2006)

Bowles Makes Cuts to Streamline Administration: Move would eliminate 12.5 positions (August 10, 2006)

UNC Can Run More Efficiently: Comparison Shows State Could Spend Less (February 2, 2006)

UNC Should Pay Closer Attention to the First Amendment: Universities have policies that limit freedom of speech (January 12, 2006)

Budget Increases UNC Spending by 11 Percent: $2.08 billion budget approved (August 11, 2005)

Study Recommends Major Changes in UNC Governance: ACTA report recommends reduction in BOG members (June 10, 2005)

What UNC Needs in a President: System starting the process of replacing Broad (May 20, 2005)

How Much Does a State University Have to Cost?: Schools could save costs, find more private sources (May 13, 2005)

Show Us the Money: UNC officials seek more funds (March 4, 2005)

Easley Lays Out Higher Education Budget: Proposes $16.9 billion total budget (February 25, 2005)

UNC releases "focus growth" report: Six of seven schools have reached 20 percent growth mandate (February 3, 2005)

UNC Tuition -- Too Sweet a Deal for Nonresidents: Nonresidents pay less at UNC than at other institutions (December 16, 2004)

What Do Students Have to Learn to Graduate?: Students can graduate without learning anything (September 23, 2004)

Study: UNC's general-education core is weak: NAS reviews 11 institution's core requirements (September 22, 2004)

University Projects Included in Proposal: Leaders reach compromise on bond plan (July 16, 2004)

General Assembly Considers Bills Affecting UNC System: Bond package, cap bill highlight session (June 25, 2004)

2004 Short Session Features a Slate of Higher Education Bills: Several bills focused on appropriation items (June 4, 2004)

Legislators Ponder $64 Million Increase in UNC: UNC to get big increase despite being "cut to the bone" (May 9, 2004)

UNC's five-step process to carp about budget 'cuts': For the UNC system a struggling economy means budget cuts. (March 17, 2004)

Inquiry #16: General Education Requirements at NC Public Universities: What Do Students Get in the Core Curriculum? (September 15, 2003)

UNC schools promise strong general education, but do they deliver?: Parents should take a look at college curriculum (August 27, 2003)

Policymakers mull proposals that would cut NC citizens' access to UNC: Plans would make it more difficult for illegals to enter UNC institutions (July 12, 2003)

UNC's Federal 'Overhead' Left Untouched -- For Now: Lobbyists claim money is vital to system (May 23, 2003)

Study Finds Tuition Low, Higher-Education Appropriations High in N.C.: Numbers should alleviate concern over budget (November 1, 2002)

State budget crisis brings UNC 'overhead receipts' under scrutiny: Legislature concerned about duplicating funds (August 9, 2002)

N.C. colleges keep up with national trend toward sexualizing courses, events: Campuses foster hypersexualized atmosphere (March 15, 2002)

UNC board votes to increase student group's budget by 6,600 percent: BOG's first systemwide increase ever (March 8, 2002)

Student fee increases are being overlooked in tuition discussions: UNC Association of Student Governments seeks fee increase (February 22, 2002)

Tuition and fees grow faster at UNC schools, remain among lowest nationally: Tuition at UNC schools still lower than the U.S. averages (December 14, 2001)

UNC students protest proposed budget cuts (June 1, 2001)

UNC Benefactor Sues To End Race/Sex Quotas: Walter R. Davis claims UNC Board of Governors uses an illegal quota system (May 22, 2001)

UNC Students Protest Budget Cut: 2000 students participate in march (May 4, 2001)

Proposals to Raise Tuition Draw Criticism: UNC Board of Governors Raise Tuition on 8 Campuses (March 8, 2001)

Inquiry #5: A New Model for the Financing of Higher Education in North Carolina (March 1, 2001)

New Report on Higher Ed Unduly Praises, Criticizes UNC (January 15, 2001)

UNC Leaders, Legislators Discuss Faculty Salary Increases: Say campuses would suffer loss of top faculty if pay is not approved (September 1, 2000)

Flexibility May Hamstring UNC Capital Needs: Legislation may divert funds from capital requests (August 18, 2000)

Tax Increases from UNC Bonds a Virtual Certainty, According to New Report: Proponents have downplayed possibility of tax increases (July 22, 2000)

Capital Projects Approved; BCC Gets $9 Million: Projects to be financed with available funds (July 7, 2000)

Widespread Opposition to Broad’s Plan, Little Talk of Spending Priorities: Traditional supporters raise questions (January 20, 2000)

The 'unthinkable' and Molly Broad: Spending and Floyd (January 13, 2000)

Study Rates N.C. Public Universities Second-Least Rigorous in Country: S.C. only state with a poorer ranking (September 23, 1999)

Will Spending on University Campuses Cause Prosperity?: Bond supporters pull out all the stops (July 8, 1999)

The Real Cost of University Bonds: Burden for Higher Education Falls on Taxpayers, not Students (July 1, 1999)

Study Urges UNC to Slow Down on Bond: Can't the necessary capital dollars come from existing growth in funding? (June 24, 1999)
Will UNC Ever Take Privatization Seriously?: System uses criteria that inhibit ability to contract out services May 21, 1999)

Supreme Court case has implications for N.C. universities: Court agrees to hear cases on distribution of student fees (April 2, 1999)