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

A long-term slide in NC education spending

RALEIGH – Since the mid-2000s, North Carolina has seen a general decline in expenditures per student in our K-12 public schools, community colleges and public universities. Likewise – despite a modest bump the past few years – the state’s rank in average K-12 teacher salaries has declined since 2000. Figures on average teacher salaries released… READ MORE

UNC Asheville: Matching theory with high-impact experience

ASHEVILLE – For Chancellor Mary Grant, what sets UNC Asheville apart is simple. “UNC Asheville’s a great university because of the people – and that’s the faculty, the staff and the students.  That’s something that struck me the moment I stepped on this campus,” Grant says in the accompanying video. Grant cites world-class faculty who… READ MORE

45 Fulbright Scholars from UNC Asheville

ASHEVILLE – Forty-five Fulbright Scholars from one university with just 3,800 students? UNC Asheville has sent scholars – both students and instructors – to Germany, Norway, Ghana and other countries to pursue research and instruction in their fields through the Fulbright Program, which sponsors student and scholar exchanges with more than 155 countries. “I’ve read… READ MORE

Spellings: Advising Corps breaks down ‘college isn’t for me’ myth

CHAPEL HILL – First-generation college students face so many barriers:  Standardized tests, applications, financial aid forms, deciding which schools to consider – even knowing how a college campus feels. For many, the process can be formidable. That’s where the College Advising Corps comes in, University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings says in the accompanying… READ MORE

WCU Pride of the Mountains Marching Band: “A phenomenon”

CULLOWHEE – How many universities can say 15-20 percent of each freshman class plays in their marching band? “The Pride of the Mountains Marching Band is a phenomenon,” Western Carolina University Chancellor David Belcher declares in the accompanying video. “It’s become a tradition here,” Belcher says.  “But I tell you, it’s part of the learning experience… READ MORE

Western Carolina Lab School: Make a huge difference

CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina Chancellor David Belcher isn’t bashful about Western’s origin as a teacher’s college. “Western Carolina University really began to produce teachers to educate the children of the mountains.  And from that moment ‘til now, education has been a focus, and we have been really good at it,” Belcher says in the accompanying video…. READ MORE

WCU/Community Colleges: Nursing degrees under $20K

CULLOWHEE – North Carolina faces a nursing shortage, but the need is particularly pronounced in Western North Carolina. So Western Carolina University’s School of Nursing came up with what Chancellor David Belcher describes in the accompanying video as an “ingenious” effort to educate nurses quickly – and affordably. Under RIBN, which stands for Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate… READ MORE