Education

Organizing against Koch influence on college campuses

March 15, 2019 - To promote their anti-regulatory agenda, the billionaire brothers behind the Koch Industries oil and chemical conglomerate have funneled hundreds of millions of dollars into schools nationwide. Now a group called UnKoch My Campus is challenging those deals, and co-founder and campaigns director, Samantha Parsons, recently spoke with Facing South about its work.

INSTITUTE INDEX: Bennett College's crisis underscores accreditation inequities

February 15, 2019 - Faced with losing accreditation from the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools because of its finances, the North Carolina school launched a fundraising campaign that far exceeded its goals. Though leaders of the private North Carolina school for women are confident that their efforts will save its accredidation, the battle to save the institution highlights a fundamental unfairness in the system.

Shortchanging rural America

July 23, 2015 - Child poverty rates are higher in rural areas, especially in the South, where the manufacturing decline has wiped out jobs and tax revenue. Yet these communities tend to receive less philanthropic support. Advocates across the region speak out about the problem in the latest installment of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation's Southern Voices oral history project.