NC Policy Watch reports that free-speech and self-censorship will be formally discussed at Carolina. “On Sept 13, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Program for Public Discourse will hold the university’s first student-centered discussion on the issue. ‘Can We Talk? Student Thoughts on Free Expression at UNC,’ was sparked by a series of surveys about free speech — surveys that... Read more.
The Coalition reached out to UNC Chapel Hill history professor Dr. William Sturkey to get his perspective about speech on campus. We discussed recently passed resolutions, the meaning of academic freedom, “viewpoint” diversity and more. Below are a few video excerpts from our conversation about a recent student survey and calls for more “conservative” speech... Read more.
Our request to the Board of Trustees (BOT) is that they focus their actions on what is good for UNC-Chapel Hill. Period. When making decisions ask, “is this good for Carolina” instead of asking if it is what some legislator or Board of Governors (BOG) member wants. The BOT at each system institution is... Read more.
During our faculty tenure webinar Dr. Lloyd Kramer spoke about the common good as it relates to faculty and tenure. In making his point, he shared a warning and valuable historical insight into free speech and what happens when faculty is punished for speech. Below are his comments: “One other point about the common good…and I’ll be... Read more.
“Benefits of public institutions of higher education. The General Assembly shall provide that the benefits of The University of North Carolina and other public institutions of higher education, as far as practicable, be extended to the people of the State free of expense.” (Article IX, Section 9 of the NC Constitution) North Carolinians have the... Read more.
The Coalition for Carolina noted that there have been several incidents around the country where politics are being injected into public university governance. We asked Dr. Holden Thorp for his opinion on what’s behind such incidents and here is his response: “Well, we have a whole lot of incidents around the country of boards becoming... Read more.
Governing chaos is not limited to Carolina or the UNC System. This week the NC Community College System president Thomas Stith III announced his resignation after little more than 18 months in the job. With this departure, the state’s community college system will have had seven presidents or interim presidents in seven years! During this same... Read more.
On June 13, 2022 we shared comments from several Board of Governors members who were critical of the BOG’s decision to move the UNC System headquarters. One of those members was Leo Daughtry. Here is part of what he said: “IT SEEMS TO ME that politics has seeped under our buffer”. He added that the UNC System... Read more.
Today the American Association of University Professors came out with their annual report on faculty salaries showing that wages for professors increased 2% “consistent with the flat wage growth observed since the Great Recession of the late 2000’s.” Despite the first raise in several years occurring this year in the UNC system, salaries at UNC... Read more.
The News and Observer reports: The North Carolina House passed a bill last week, “just hours after it became public, that would take some power from the governor and give it to the legislature. It is the latest move by the Republican-majority General Assembly to take power from Democratic Governor Roy Cooper. The bill would... Read more.