Jesse Saffron

Jesse Saffron is a writer and editor for the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, a North Carolina-based think tank dedicated to improving higher education in the Tar ...

Jesse Saffron is a writer and editor for the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, a North Carolina-based think tank dedicated to improving higher education in the Tar Heel State and across the country. Among other topics, Saffron writes about University of North Carolina system governance, the financials of America’s public and private colleges, and free speech on campus. 

Saffron is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and the College of Charleston, where he studied economics. Saffron has also studied at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. 

In addition to writing articles and editing website content, Saffron manages the Pope Center’s summer internship program and is a frequent contributor to National Review Online’s higher education blog, Phi Beta Cons. Saffron plays guitar, hikes, and watches basketball during his leisure time. 

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Economic Driver or Boondoggle?

University officials and politicians often claim that targeted government subsidization of industry research is a win-win for campus communities and regional economies. Such are the claims being made by supporters of the Department ...

Know Before You Go

Although most of today’s students decide to go to college to get a long-term earnings boost and fast-track their careers, they often lack the information necessary to achieve such goals. In an ...

We Need More Private Student Lending

The differences between the public and private sectors are sometimes obvious. For instance, I recently walked through Duke University’s campus and on one street, to my left, was Duke’s private hospital. ...

Economics Needs More Historical Context

As an undergraduate economics major, I took one course on the history of economic thought (it was an elective). During exams, I didn’t use economic models or math equations. I wrote essays explaining ...

Combating Credential Inflation

The number of entry-level jobs now requiring applicants to have college degrees has increased significantly in recent years. Degree-holders have flooded the labor market, allowing hiring managers to be much more ...