UNC Press

UNC Press initiative aims to tame the soaring and burdensome cost of textbooks

BY: - June 8, 2022

This month the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics released a new edition of Contemporary Precalculus Through Applications, the popular book that is the only text in the school’s precalculus courses. But this new edition is available digitally, for free, to not just students at the elite residential high school but high school and college students all over the state.

Email trove reveals new details of UNC Board of Governors’ refusal to reappoint popular UNC Press Board chair

BY: - March 31, 2022

More than nine months after a UNC Board of Governors committee refused to reappoint a widely respected UNC Law professor to the University of North Carolina Press Board of Governors, the UNC System has released hundreds of pages of email communications Policy Watch requested in connection with the conflict.

Year in review: In higher ed, higher stakes as the UNC system becomes more politicized

BY: - December 27, 2021

It was another tumultuous year for one of the largest public institutions in North Carolina — the UNC System. While the COVID-19 pandemic made 2020 dangerous and unpredictable, 2021 was defined by a much more familiar threat — political influence. A series of highly political controversies revealed the ways in which the direction of the UNC System is, from major policy decisions to single hires, determined by conservative political appointees and wealthy private donors.

State law: UNC Press leader can stay on despite opposition from UNC Board of Governors

BY: - July 29, 2021

Conservatives on UNC BOG want to remove Prof. Eric Muller, but legal experts say they lack the authority to do so In a high-stakes game of political poker with the UNC Board of Governors, a state statute may provide the UNC Press with a trump card.

UNC System President on UNC Press controversy: “I’d certainly like to resolve the issue soon.”

BY: - July 21, 2021

UNC System President Peter Hans plans to talk to representatives from the UNC Press Board of Governors and the UNC Board of Governors’ University Governance Committee this week in an effort to resolve the conflict over the committee’s refusal to re-appoint UNC law Professor Eric Muller to the UNC Press Board of Governors “I’d like to […]

Faculty members protest Board of Governors’ interference with UNC Press leadership

BY: - July 20, 2021

BOG member says refusal to reappoint law professor Eric Muller is a message to students, campus leaders and faculty that they "are not in charge of the system" The UNC-Chapel Hill faculty is opposing what they say is undue political influence on appointments to the UNC Press Board of Governors.

Questions continue to mount over UNC Press board appointment

BY: - June 29, 2021

Last week Policy Watch reported on the case of Eric Muller, the renowned UNC-Chapel Hill law professor who was denied a reappointment to the UNC Press Board of Governors, despite recently being unanimously re-elected as its chairman. As reported, the UNC Board of Governors’ refusal to accept Muller for reappointment appears to be unprecedented. Sources […]

Gene Nichol: UNC Board of Governors again threatens critics, nation’s first public university

BY: - June 24, 2021

Earlier this week Policy Watch investigative reporter Joe Killian broke the story of the unprecedented move by the UNC Board of Governors to refuse to re-appoint a respected law professor to the University of North Carolina Press Board. Eric Muller has served two five-year terms on the board — the last six as its chair […]

UNC Press now in the crosshairs of Board of Governors, which is refusing to re-appoint professor who criticized handling of Silent Sam monument

BY: - June 21, 2021

Eric Muller served two five-year terms on the UNC Press Board. In an unprecedented move, the UNC Board of Governors is refusing to re-appoint a respected law professor to the University of North Carolina Press Board of Governors. The reason, say sources directly involved with the process: the professor’s public statements on the legality of […]