Effort to “right-size” the UNC system in the works


Significant changes may be on the horizon for the state’s higher education network, as the University of North Carolina’s governing board considers “right-sizing” the 17-campus system. “The model should be much smaller than it is,” UNC Board of Governor member Harry Smith Jr. said about the UNC system last Thursday, during [Continue Reading…]

The Class of 2015 – Senator John Alexander, Jr.


Name: state Sen. John Alexander Jr. (Republican) District: Wake County Occupation: Owns and runs a trucking company, Cardinal International Trucks Lives in: Raleigh From: Raleigh Family: wife Susan; 2 grown daughters Campaign website: http://www.alexanderncsenate.com/ Hobbies: hunting, playing golf. Previous elected offices?: None. Why did you run for office?   “I thought [Continue Reading…]

UNC Poverty Center facing closure, as university system leaders finish review of centers

Jim Holmes of the UNC Board of Governors talks Wednesday with Ted Shaw of UNC's civil rights center.

Three centers in the university system – including a poverty research center run by an outspoken law professor —   should be shut down, according to recommendations approved Wednesday by a special committee of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. The Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity was the most well-known among the three [Continue Reading…]

The Class of 2015 – Rep. Sam Watford


Name: state Rep. Sam Watford (Republican) Occupation: General contractor, owner of Watford Construction Company District: Davidson County Lives in: outside of Thomasville From: outside of Thomasville Family: wife Karen (retired high school English teacher), two adult daughters. Campaign website: http://samwatford.com/ Hobbies: Has a private pilot license, enjoys flying when he has [Continue Reading…]

Fewer education majors, and worries about where tomorrow’s teachers will come from


Finding teachers for North Carolina’s classrooms may be an increasingly difficult endeavor, as the ranks of those looking to become teachers dwindles. North Carolina’s public university system saw a steep enrollment decline in the last four years in undergraduate and graduate teaching programs, amounting to a 27 percent drop from 2010 to 2014. [Continue Reading…]

The Class of 2015 – Rep. Brad Salmon


Name: state Rep. Brad Salmon (Democrat) Occupation: attorney (general practice attorney at Salmon Law Firm) and farmer (tobacco, soy beans, wheat and peaches) District: Harnett, Lee counties Lives in: Mamers (unincorporated community outside of Lillington) From: Mamers (family goes back several generations in area) Family:Single, no children. Campaign website: www.electbradsalmon.com Hobbies: [Continue Reading…]

The Class of 2015 – Sen. Tom McInnis


Editor’s note: N.C. Policy Watch is chatting with some of the newest members of the N.C. General Assembly to offer a bit more insight on who they are and what they plan on doing this session in Raleigh. The 2015 session of the legislature gets underway January 14, 2015. Name: state Sen. [Continue Reading…]