Colleges and Universities
Partisan politics shouldn't trump academic freedom

There’s something rotten in North Carolina. The board of governors for the University of North Carolina, over the objections of the university chancellor, last week voted to close down three university-based centers focusing on poverty, the environment and voter engagement. North Carolina, you may recall, was one of the Republican-led states that adopted voting restrictions before last fall’s midterm elections. The affected centers are the Center on Work, Poverty and Opportunity at UNC-Chapel Hill, East Carolina University’s Center for Biodiversity, and North Carolina Central University’s Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change. The...