Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AAUP Condemns Proposed Closure of U. of North Carolina Poverty Center

The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 24th, 2015

The American Association of University Professors is urging the University of North Carolina system’s governing board to reject a working group’s recommendation to close an independent center on poverty issues. The association on Tuesday released a statement saying it would be “greatly disappointed” if the Board of Governors approved a recommendation to close the UNC School of Law’s Center on Poverty, Work, and Community.
Advocates of the center have viewed the recommended closure as politically motivated. Gene R. Nichol, the center’s director, is a prominent critic of North Carolina’s Republican leadership. In a column responding to the working group’s report on the system’s independent centers, Mr. Nichol said the review had been conducted for the sole purpose of shutting down the poverty center. He also noted that none of the center’s funding comes from the state.

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