How university startups deliver an economic boost to North Carolina

How university startups deliver an economic boost – and improve lives – in North Carolina communities By JUDITH CONE Vice Chancellor for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill If the State of North Carolina was actively recruiting a company promising to bring 8,000 good jobs with revenues of $10… 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

Building – quite literally – on UNC research

SANFORD (Aug. 9, 2017) – UNC Chapel Hill and biopharmaceutical giant Pfizer offered a textbook example this week of the value of university research – and not just in Research Triangle Park. Pfizer and Gov. Roy Cooper announced that Pfizer will invest $100 million in expansion of its facilities in Sanford to build on research… READ MORE

A challenge to legislators

RALEIGH – Gov. Roy Cooper’s proposed state budget for 2017-19 asks lawmakers to choose education over the tax cuts they’ve favored in recent years. “We have a world-class University System, a culture of innovation and creativity, and an abundance of natural beauty,” Cooper said in a letter presenting his budget to legislators.  “However, over the past… READ MORE

Duke President: “We need … a great public university system”

DURHAM – Duke likes UNC? Yes, Duke University President Richard Brodhead says in the accompanying video.  It might not be evident from sports rivalries, but Duke supports and enjoys a collegial relationship with its neighbors from the University of North Carolina System. “We, like everybody else in the state, need and absolutely require a great… READ MORE

Let’s sustain NC’s lead in higher education

Like other students across the country, students at North Carolina’s public universities have seen state support reduced and tuition increase since the Great Recession. Yet because of North Carolina’s tradition of generous state support, state funds here remain almost $2,000 more per student than the average across the nation – and tuition at our public… READ MORE