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.