In February 2005, the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity was developed for the research and study of poverty. North Carolina’s poverty rate is 13.6 percent above the national average.
“There are four potential actions that could happen, and one is termination, redirection, recommendations or they are all purposed and fine,” said Jim Holmes, chairman of the Board of Governors’ working group on centers and institutes.
Gene Nichol, director of the center, said if it were to close, the system would lose money.
“If it is closed, grant money will have to be surrendered,” he said by email. “It will cost the University money, not save it.”
When Nichol became the director in 2008, the center became much more focused on North Carolina, said program coordinator Heather Hunt.
“North Carolina is very much its primary focus, which comes from the idea that the University serves the people of North Carolina,” she said.
Hunt said the center does much more than just research.