myFutureNC Raleigh listening session March 22

RALEIGH – Educational attainment is critical to North Carolina’s continued economic growth. To earn a family-sustaining wage in today’s economy, North Carolinians need some postsecondary education—whether that’s a 4-year degree, an associate’s degree, a certificate or license in a career and technical field, or an apprenticeship. The myFutureNC Commission—comprised of state leaders in education, business,… READ MORE

Strong support for raising NC teacher pay

HIGH POINT – A poll released last week revealed overwhelming support among Democratic, Republican and unaffiliated North Carolinians for raising public school teacher pay to the national average. So if it’s a political slam dunk, why don’t legislators do it? The High Point University Poll found that 85 percent of North Carolinians agree that public… READ MORE

Elizabeth City State:  ‘An economic development necessity’

ELIZABETH CITY – Elizabeth City State University Chancellor Thomas Conway says ECSU started as an economic development necessity in Northeastern North Carolina – and it remains so today. “This was an institution founded for reasons in Northeastern North Carolina that I believe were part of an economic development necessity,” Conway says in the accompanying video…. READ MORE

NC Promise: Huge savings for students and their families

ELIZABETH CITY – The NC Promise Tuition Program – in-state tuition of just $500 a semester – will take effect next fall at three UNC System universities. And Elizabeth City State University is poised to take advantage. “Annually, we’re talking about in-state – a thousand dollars.  Out-of-state students, five thousand dollars,” ECSU Chancellor Thomas Conway… READ MORE

House Speaker Moore: ‘The single greatest priority we have’

WINSTON-SALEM (Feb. 28, 2018) – NC House Speaker Tim Moore voiced broad support for public education at a special gathering this week. “When it comes to our state budget, education is the single largest item, because it’s the single greatest priority that we have – and we’re going to continue to fund it,” Moore told… READ MORE

Spellings: Meeting the needs of every North Carolinian

CHAPEL HILL – As she reaches her second anniversary as President of the University of North Carolina System, Margaret Spellings sees the university’s 17 institutions rising to a monumental challenge. “The challenge for the university in this state and every other state is to meet the needs of every single North Carolinian,” Spellings says in… READ MORE

Innovations for both universities and K-12

CHAPEL HILL – There’s plenty of reform underway in public education in North Carolina, and UNC System President Margaret Spellings highlights several innovations at both universities and K-12 schools in the accompanying video. • NC Promise:  The NC General Assembly has committed more than $50 million to provide in-state tuition of $500 a semester “to… READ MORE

UNCSA immerses itself in immersive technology

WINSTON-SALEM – It’s commonly known as virtual reality, but to Susan Ruskin, what’s coming in the field of “immersive technology” is very real. ^ This Introduction to Virtual Reality from Felix + Paul Studios demonstrates some of the capabilities of virtual reality. “The technology is moving more rapidly than it ever has,” says Ruskin, Dean… READ MORE

HBCUs: Legacy and Leadership

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – A special presentation this week by UNC TV’s Black Issues Forum featured an engaging panel discussion about the economic impact and continued relevance of North Carolina’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). HBCUs: Legacy and Leadership, moderated by Deborah Holt Noel, includes commentary from: Fayetteville State University Chancellor James Anderson; Winston-Salem… READ MORE