Joe Killian

Joe Killian

Investigative Reporter Joe Killian's work examines government, politics and policy, with a special emphasis on higher education, LGBTQ issues and extremism.

UNC Old Well

Controversial new UNC-Chapel Hill school moving forward with $1 million private donation

By: - September 29, 2023

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Board of Trustees heard more on the progress of university’s controversial new school Thursday, getting an update from the provost and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The school has already secured a $1 million pledge from a private foundation in addition to $4 million in funding from the General Assembly […]

UNC Old Well

Budget sets tight timeline, new specifics for controversial new school at UNC-Chapel Hill

By: - September 25, 2023

When the General Assembly’s Republican majority revealed and passed a new budget in a whirlwind 48 hours last week, it set an aggressive timeline for an unprecedented new school at UNC-Chapel Hill. The budget provides $2 million in funding in each of the next two fiscal years for the new School of Civic Life and […]

Dave Boliek

UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees member officially running for state auditor

By: - September 21, 2023

It’s official: Dave Boliek, member and former chair of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees, is running for the GOP nomination for State Auditor. As Newsline reported earlier this month, Boliek changed his voter registration from Democratic to Republican in June as he was considering a run for auditor — his first for public office. […]

Peter Hans

UNC System President: Keep tuition flat for a full decade

By: - September 14, 2023

UNC System President Peter Hans recommended Thursday that the UNC System’s Board of Governors avoid raising in-state tuition at universities for an eighth straight year. He’d like to see it remain flat for a full decade. “I think it’s tremendously important for the message it sends to the families of North Carolina, that college is […]

Peter Hans

UNC System examining tenure review, incentivizing faculty retirements

By: - September 14, 2023

The UNC System Board of Governors is asking for a more uniform and rigorous tenure review process, with some members questioning low number of faculty who aren’t meeting expectations. In occasionally tense conversations during a day of committee meetings Wednesday, board members, faculty and campus administrators discussed the often-misunderstood issue of tenure — which has […]

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Their academic freedom in jeopardy, university faculty in NC, other southern states want out

By: - September 13, 2023

University faculty members in North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Texas say they wouldn’t recommend their state to other academics, according to a new survey from the American Association of University Professors. Many of them want to leave their campuses for jobs in other states or abandon the profession altogether, citing a hostile political climate for […]

Outgoing UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees chair considering run for state auditor as Republican

By: - September 11, 2023

Dave Boliek, the outgoing chairman of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees has his eye on a new challenge: a possible run for the Republican nomination for state auditor. “I haven’t decided yet, but I’m 99 percent of the way there,” Boliek, a longtime Democrat until three months ago, told Newsline Thursday. The move may […]

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Monday numbers: the state of working women in North Carolina

By: - September 11, 2023

For the past two years, unemployment in North Carolina has done more than return to pre-pandemic levels; it’s dropped to the lowest level in more than 20 years. A closer look, however, reveals a more complicated picture — for the state’s women and, especially for women of color. When Oxfam America recently released its ranking […]

Lawmakers condemn anti-Asian remarks from principal following UNC-Chapel Hill shooting

By: - September 6, 2023

The North Carolina Asian American Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus condemned racist and xenophobic remarks from a Wayne County high school principal Wednesday in the wake of last week’s fatal shooting at UNC-Chapel Hill. Wendy Waters, principal of Spring Creek High School in Seven Springs, took to her personal Facebook page after UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student […]

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UNCG first-time college enrollment rises after falling numbers, budget cuts

By: - September 5, 2023

UNC-Greensboro released its fall enrollment numbers Tuesday, showing increases in first-time college students after budget cuts and declines in student numbers that have threatened programs and positions across the regional university. UNCG enrolled a total of 17,743 students for the fall semester, which started last month — down slightly from 17,978 for fall of 2022. […]

UNC-Chapel Hill community mourns, seeks answers in wake of fatal shooting

By: - August 30, 2023

UNC-Chapel Hill was in shock and mourning Tuesday following an on-campus shooting in which police say a graduate student killed the professor who acted as his academic advisor. Tailei Qi, 34, made his first appearance in Orange County criminal court Tuesday, where he faces charges of 1st degree murder and possession of a firearm on […]

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Attorney says Supreme Court affirmative action ruling prompts overreaction at UNC

By: - August 29, 2023

The UNC System’s recent directives to its campuses on how to react to the U.S. Supreme Court decision on race in admissions at UNC-Chapel Hill and Harvard University reflect the politics of the system’s political appointees more than sound legal reasoning, according to a prominent civil rights attorney who argued the case. When civil rights […]