Events and Webinars


Conversation with Interim Chancellor Lee Roberts

Recording: March 20, 2024 at 10:30 am

Coalition for Carolina co-founders spoke with interim UNC Chapel Hill chancellor Lee Roberts and asked questions that have not been asked yet in any other interview. Participants also submitted questions during the webinar for the Interim-Chancellor Roberts to answer.


Former UNC Presidents Margaret Spellings and Tom Ross discuss the Governor’s Commission on Governance

Recording: February 15, 2024 at 10:00 am

The Coalition for Carolina hosted the chairs of Governor Roy Cooper’s Commission on the Governance of Public Universities in North Carolina. The bi-partisan 15-member commission warned: “Instability within the system can have significant impacts on campus leadership, turnover and academic experience for students, and can threaten the University’s reputation and the state’s economy and communities.” The Chairs of the Commission discussed its seven recommendations and why they believe this report should be put to work, not put on a shelf. Former UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp moderated the conversation.


Politicizing College Accreditation

Recordng: May 10, 2023 02:00 PM

If you missed our webinar on accreditation you missed a really great discussion. The recording is now available and you can access it here: Coalition for Carolina Accreditation Webinar Recording The bill to force an accreditation change is now moving through the NC House. Please contact your NC House Representatives and let them know whether you want to force this dangerous and costly process of continuous disruption in the accrediting process on North Carolina colleges. Here is the link to who the house representatives are: Please copy and paste this link into your browser.


How and Why Faculty Tenure Strengthens Carolina

Recording: April 27, 2022

If you missed our “How and Why Tenure Strengthens Carolina” webinar on April 27, 2022, you missed a great discussion. Like business career paths, tenure is a 10-to-15-year highly competitive process designed to prepare talented and committed scholars for coveted leadership positions. Tenure plays a critical role in preserving academic freedom and protecting free speech. Webinar moderator and UNC Faculty Chair Dr. Mimi Chapman shared examples of how tenure has been threatened around the country. Several audacious actions are underway around the country to proactively eliminate tenure; replace tenured professors with those without tenure’s protection; or simply reduce the number of tenure- track professors. If these efforts are successful, there would be a serious erosion of both academic freedom and free speech rights. Additionally, such a move could be yet another dangerous step in governance overreach. Dr. Lloyd Kramer shared an ominous historical fact during the webinar: “One of the most common characteristics of authoritarian societies is that when teachers or faculty go against some reigning ideological or political position, they are dismissed. They are removed.” Tenure prevents such acts of retaliation and retribution. Check out the webinar recording for more…


How University Governance Impacts UNC

Recording: February 2, 2022

On February 2, 2022 UNC-CH Chancellor Emeritus James Moeser moderated a panel discussion on university governance. Topics included shared governance, university governance practices, current governance challenges, governance board overreach, and how accreditation issues are impacted by governing decisions. Featured speakers were: – Paul Fulton – Former dean of the Kenan-Flagler Business School and former member of BOG and BOT – Dr. Holden Thorp – Editor-in-Chief at Science Family of Journals, former UNC Chancellor – Dr. Belle Wheelan – President of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC oversees accreditation for over 800 southern colleges and universities.