NC budget: Positive short-term, threatening long-term

RALEIGH (June 22, 2017) – At first glance, the budget compromise unveiled this week by legislative leaders seems encouraging. It would grant K-12 public school teachers an average raise of 3.3% this year and 9.6% over two years.  It would give significant raises to K-12 principals, a priority of the group BEST NC. It would… READ MORE

“Creative collision” in Mechatronics, STEAM Studio

ASHEVILLE – UNC Asheville is the only institution in the University of North Carolina System that offers Mechatronics Engineering, which combines the disciplines of engineering and computer science with  design, art and sculpture. “It’s a creative collision,” Chancellor Mary Grant says in the accompanying video.  “It’s asking the question, ‘What’s the problem we’re trying to… READ MORE

UNC Strategic Plan: Measuring progress at FSU

By Chancellor James A. Anderson Fayetteville State University FAYETTEVILLE – The University of North Carolina, of which Fayetteville State University (FSU) is a proud constituent institution, recently unveiled Higher Expectations, the Strategic Plan that will chart the course of the system for the next five years. The UNC Strategic Plan incorporates five meta-goals and encourages… READ MORE

NC Promise: $500 a semester tuition at WCU, UNCP, ECSU

CULLOWHEE – It was a bold move by the 2016 General Assembly – reducing tuition at three state universities to $500 a semester for in-state students, starting in the fall of 2018. Once room, board, books and fees are taken into account, Western Carolina University Chancellor David Belcher says, the NC Promise program should reduce… READ MORE

Spellings: “Make higher education our higher expectation”

CHAPEL HILL – It seems so simple – yet not everyone seems to get it. “A better educated state benefits us all,” begins Higher Expectations, the University of North Carolina System’s new strategic plan for 2017-22. “That basic truth has guided North Carolina for centuries.  It drives our commitment to public education, including our constitutional… READ MORE

Educate for jobs or life? Spellings: “Both of those things.”

CHAPEL HILL – Anyone who’s taken the SAT knows that sometimes the answer is “all of the above.” And that’s how University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings responds in the accompanying video when asked whether universities should focus on training for specific jobs or providing a sound, flexible education. “We need to do both… READ MORE

ROSS: Politicians pick their voters

WINSTON-SALEM (May 22, 2017) – On the same day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down North Carolina’s congressional districts as unconstitutional, former UNC President Tom Ross laid out a simple way to make drawing state and national districts less partisan. “(It’s) very closely tied to the future of higher education, because it’s very closely tied… READ MORE

NC’s disinvestment: More tuition, more debt, fewer teachers

RALEIGH – Continuing our look at North Carolina’s disinvestment in public education, a shortfall in state support has meant higher tuition and more debt for university students and fewer teachers for students in our K-12 public schools. Though higher education is a public good that benefits us all – and our state constitution requires legislators… READ MORE