Jenna Robinson

Across the nation, states are stepping up to reform higher education—in effect performing their intended role as laboratories of federalism and democratic governance. ACTA is seeing good progress on this front in North Carolina. While no state has achieved perfect academic accountability, academic freedom, or academic excellence in higher ed, recent developments in the UNC system in particular demonstrate crucial steps taken in the right direction. ACTA’s Emily Koons Jae and Bryan Paul recently sat down with Jenna Robinson, president of the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, a nonprofit institute dedicated to improving higher education in North Carolina and the nation, to discuss the successes and shortcomings of higher ed reform in North Carolina. At the time of this conversation, the UNC Board of Governors had scheduled a vote for February 23, 2023 on a resolution to ban compelled speech in admission, hiring, promotion and tenure decisions. That vote has since taken place, with the resolution passing. 

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