Jenna A. Robinson

Jenna Ashley Robinson is the president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy in Raleigh, NC.

Posts by Jenna A. Robinson (page 1)

  • Lake Wobegon Performance Measure Reveals All Community Colleges Above Average

    Measuring college performance is inherently difficult. Determining whether students are successful because they attended college or simply because colleges are good at identifying talented and dedicated students is nearly impossible. Nonetheless, measuring colleges’ performance is important. Taxpayers should be able to find out whether they’re getting any value for their…
    Jenna A. Robinson, August 31, 2015
  • Online education hasn’t lived up to the hype–yet.

    For more than a decade, reformers and technophiles have been waiting for online offers to “disrupt” higher education. In today’s Pope Center article, Jesse Saffron examines the evidence to determine how much new technologies have really changed higher education—and where we’ll go from here. He writes, The Internet has…
    Jenna A. Robinson, August 19, 2015
  • UNC Schools Don’t Need More Buildings

    The 2015 House Bond proposal includes nearly $1 billion for the UNC system. That includes at least one project at each school, even tiny Elizabeth City State which is rapidly losing enrollment. Before legislators make a decision about the plan, they should consider current facilities use in the UNC system.
    Jenna A. Robinson, August 6, 2015
  • More “Left-Wing Privilege” at UNC

    Last week, Time published an article by a Princeton student entitled “38 Ways College Students Enjoy ‘Left-Wing Privilege’ on Campus.” It listed items like, “I can take classes and earn degrees in departments that are designed to line up exactly with my worldview” and “I will likely never have…
    Jenna A. Robinson, July 10, 2015
  • Budget Skirmish Over UNC Capital Spending

    The NC House and NC Senate disagree on many aspects of the next North Carolina budget–how much to spend, how much to borrow, and where the money will go. One of those disagreements is over capital spending for the UNC system. As Jay Schalin points out here, the…
    Jenna A. Robinson, June 19, 2015
  • We’re Living in the Future

    When I was in elementary school, the only method available for looking up an idea, person, or invention was to consult the World Book Encyclopedia in the school’s media center. And if you wanted to look up Hadrian’s Wall, for example, you had to wait until the kid researching hamsters…
    Jenna A. Robinson, June 12, 2015
  • Academic Progress in the House Budget

    The NC House budget has been roundly criticized for its large spending increase and provisions for special interests, but at least one new program in the bill will actually save the state money. The North Carolina Guaranteed Admission Program (NCGAP), which the Pope Center recommended here as a…
    Jenna A. Robinson, May 21, 2015
  • A Chance to Tell UNC What You Think

    Interested in who will be the next UNC President? An article posted today on the UNC system’s website invites you to share your opinion next week at a regional forum in Asheville, Greenville, Durham, or Charlotte. If you can’t make it on such short notice, you can complete a…
    Jenna A. Robinson, May 20, 2015