Shannon Blosser is a staff writer with the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. He has been with the J.W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy since March 2004. Blosser covers higher education issues across North Carolina and the nation, assists with media inquiries, and publishes the Pope Center’s weekly newsletter, Clarion Call. He also updates the center’s Web site.
Since he joined the Pope Center, Blosser’s commentaries have been published in the Raleigh News & Observer and National Review’s online publication, and he has been quoted in other publications across the state and nation. He has been a guest on radio programs discussing higher education issues in North Carolina.
Blosser began his career as a journalist working as a sports and news writer in West Virginia and North Carolina. Blosser graduated from West Virginia University in 2002 with a B.S. in journalism.
(5.29.07) Program Smooths College Transfers
RALEIGH — A new partnership between Western Carolina University and the N.C. Community College System could help students transfer more seamlessly between the systems and reduce the amount of time needed to obtain a bachelor’s degree. The so-called “Western 2 Step” places Western Carolina in the forefront of UNC-community college cooperation.
(11.14.06) BOG OKs 2007-09 Budget Request
CHAPEL HILL — The University of North Carolina will seek more than $270 million in new funds when the General Assembly convenes in January. UNC’s request, approved Friday by the Board of Governors, is $2.57 billion for fiscal 2008 and $2.63 billion for 2009, and for the first time includes enrollment growth funding ($48 million in 2008), in the expansion budget.
(11.10.06) Panel OKs ECU Dental School
CHAPEL HILL — A University of North Carolina Board of Governors committee Thursday gave approval to plans for a dental school at East Carolina University. The full Board of Governors will vote today on whether to give final approval to the creation of the state’s second dental school.
(11.09.06) UNCG, A&T Eye Nano Program
GREENSBORO — UNC-Greensboro and North Carolina A&T officials recently submitted a request to the University of North Carolina general administration to operate a school of nanotechnology and nanoengineering.
(10.31.06) Universities Plan Disaster Response
CHAPEL HILL — A program administered by Duke, North Carolina State, and UNC-Chapel Hill universities will establish off-campus sites to improve response to disasters in eastern and western North Carolina.
(10.27.06) No. 920: UNC Governance Scrutinized
UNC's governors—the largest state university governing board in the nation—is ripe for a pruning and a political root canal.
(10.23.06) App State Gets Wine-Study Grant
BOONE — Two Appalachian State University professors recently received a grant from a joint program between the United States and the European Union to create a degree track in wine science. Four institutions will be involved in the program.
(10.09.06) NCCU Ranks High in Teaching Civics
RALEIGH — A report by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute found that, for the most part, America’s colleges and universities do a poor job of teaching students about American history and civic institutions. Locally, however, North Carolina Central University does a fair job. It was ranked in the 13th among 50 schools included in a survey designed to gauge student knowledge in those areas.
(10.02.06) Spellings States Higher-Ed Goals
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has proposed reforms for higher education that would increase need-based financing and create a national database to provide more information to families.
(9.13.06) Report: Higher Ed Oversold to Public
RALEIGH — A report released recently by the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy says higher education has been oversold to the public. Many students who are not really interested in academic pursuits are spending a lot of time and money to get a credential that is much less valuable than they suppose, says the report.