A budget that treads water

RALEIGH – At best, we’re treading water. An analysis of the budget state legislators approved in June reveals that when broken down per student, university spending is still nowhere near pre-recession levels and will essentially remain flat for the next two years. Yes, it’s true legislators provided more money than ever for our public universities… READ MORE

NC Chamber panel: Pre-K a worthy investment

DURHAM (Aug. 10, 2017) – Some of North Carolina’s most powerful CEOs understand the importance of early-childhood education and making sure students read well by third grade. But do the politicians? At the North Carolina Chamber’s 2017 Conference on Education, a panel discussion focused on the importance of early literacy in transforming the future workforce…. READ MORE

SPELLINGS: Strengthening NC’s Education Continuum

University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings made the following remarks Thursday, Aug. 10 at the North Carolina Chamber’s 2017 Conference on Education. Thank you so much for welcoming me this morning, and thank you for focusing attention on a core issue for North Carolina’s competitiveness and quality of life. Over the past few weeks,… READ MORE

UNCG/GTCC/ACC: Building expectations for a 4-year degree

GREENSBORO – There are fancy names for the partnerships UNC Greensboro announced last week to make it easier for students from Guilford Technical Community College and Alamance Community College to transfer to UNCG and earn bachelor’s and in some cases master’s degrees.1 But for UNCG Provost Dana Dunn, it’s about building expectations – especially among… READ MORE

Economist challenges business rankings based on tax cuts

IOWA CITY, Iowa – A recent report in the Winston-Salem Journal1 highlighted the work of an Iowa economist who challenges popular business-climate rankings that give disproportionate weight to tax cuts. State and local taxes don’t have much impact on economic growth, says Peter Fisher,2 the research director for the Iowa Policy Project who operates www.gradingstates.org…. READ MORE

“That’s fine with us.”

FAYETTEVILLE – Fayetteville State University Chancellor James Anderson dismisses any suggestion that there’s something wrong with starting out at a community college. “One of the misperceptions about the relationship between a community college and a four-year institution is that they’re competing,” Anderson says in the accompanying video.  “In actuality, that’s not the case. “They’re a… READ MORE

Community colleges: Crucial in multiple ways

RALEIGH – They’re the Swiss Army knife of higher ed:  Whether it’s preparing students to attend a four-year institution, training for a trade or training customized for a local employer, community colleges prepare students for many, many different tasks. In an era of rising university tuition and shifting skill demands from employers, they have become so… READ MORE