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.

Members of the Governor’s Commission on the Governance of Public Universities in North Carolina - Photo: Joe Killian

“We are losing members of the faculty and staff,” say UNC System employees

By: - April 12, 2023

The question of faculty and staff voices in university governance took center stage as the Governor’s Commission on the Governance of Public Universities in North Carolina held its final public listening session in Durham on Tuesday. The session, which was held at Durham Technical Community College, drew current and former faculty members and staff from […]

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Former Vice President Mike Pence to appear at UNC-Chapel Hill

By: - April 12, 2023

Former Vice President Mike Pence will speak at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina Student Union’s Great Hall April 26. The event, organized by conservative group Young America’s Foundation and the North Carolina College Republicans, is titled “Saving America from the Woke Left.” Young America’s Foundation is the national conservative group that brought conservative writer and podcaster Ben […]

Search for new community college system leader proceeds as GOP lawmakers look to take control

By: - April 6, 2023

Democrats blast legislative proposal as another higher ed power grab, but Republicans say they aim to address a leadership revolving door    Next week the State Board of Community Colleges and N.C. Community Colleges Presidential Search Committee will hold two joint meetings. The meetings, April 11 and 12, will take place at 9:30 a.m. at […]

Transgender student speaks in favor of LGBTQI+ rights

New raft of bills target transgender youth in sports, health care

By: - April 6, 2023

As news broke this week that Rep. Tricia Cotham’s party change would hand Republicans a veto-proof super majority in both chambers of the General Assembly, GOP lawmakers filed six new bills targeting transgender youth, their participation in sports, and their healthcare. Senate Bill 631 and House Bill 574, both filed Wednesday, would prohibit transgender students […]

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N.C. State University students to hold town hall on graduate stipends, student fees

By: - April 5, 2023

N.C. State University students will hold a town hall Thursday to discuss raising graduate student stipends and eliminating fees they say are making it difficult for them to make ends meet. Last year Newsline closely examined the impact of low stipends and student fees on graduate students across the UNC System. Many reported going to […]

“Real dialogue” at university commission listening session

By: - April 5, 2023

In its fifth public listening session Tuesday, the Governor’s Commission on the Governance of Public Universities in North Carolina had a surprise guest: Marty Kotis, 8 year veteran of the UNC Board of Governors and current member of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees. The sessions, which the commission has been holding since February, have […]

The month ahead in higher ed

By: - April 3, 2023

Meetings, events and important dates for the month of April Mark your calendars for these higher education related meetings, listening sessions and events over the next month: Tuesday, April 4 Listening session with The Governor’s Commission on the Governance of Public Universities in North Carolina at Guilford Technical Community College in Greensboro, 1 to 4 […]

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Monday numbers: UNC and the national anti-DEI wave

By: - April 3, 2023

This week the UNC System and its 17 campuses complied with a request from the General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Commission on Government Operations, providing information on all Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) training programs they employ. The request included a lengthy list of terms to define DEI that reads like a round-up of recent obsessions of conservative activists:

UNC System faculty, staff bristle as legislature targets Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts

By: - March 29, 2023

When the General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Commission on Government Operations sent a recent detailed request to the UNC System seeking information about any Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) training programs employed by the system and its 17 campuses, Professor Jelani Favors wasn’t surprised.

Report: 1 in 4 prospective college students ruling out some states due to political climate

By: - March 28, 2023

The impact of politics on colleges and universities across the country isn’t just making headlines. It’s also driving prospective colleges students away from certain states, a new study released Monday suggests. One in four high school seniors reported they ruled out certain campuses based on the politics, policies or unfolding legal situations in certain states, […]

Monday numbers: As national conservatives target schools, a look at the new wave of book banning

By: - March 27, 2023

Last week the U.S. House passed H.R. 5 -- a federal “Parents Bill of Rights” that's part of a conservative wave of similarly named legislation that targets books and speech on topics like race, gender and sexuality in schools and would compel teachers and school staff to out transgender children to their families.

“More important than ever” UNC Panel talks faith and abortion

By: - March 23, 2023

In the days before Wednesday night’s panel on faith and abortion through UNC-Chapel Hill’s Program for Public Discourse, a number of people – some of them colleagues – told moderator Mara Buchbinder they shouldn’t be having the conversation. “Their concern was, we don’t have the luxury of debating competing ethical frameworks at a time when […]