A challenge to legislators

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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”

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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

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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

2016 General Assembly took a pass

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RALEIGH – With the 2016 session of the General Assembly now over, it’s clear legislators largely took a pass on urgent issues facing higher education in North Carolina:  Fixing HB2 and providing a meaningful raise for university and community college faculty: Faculty raises. The folks who teach our children at the university level have seen… READ MORE

Tuition Cap: Legislators must replace lost revenue

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RALEIGH – A bill backed by state Senate leaders that would cap tuition at five North Carolina universities at $1,000 a year deserves praise for attempting to limit costs for students and their families. But unless legislators commit to provide incremental revenue to replace lost tuition dollars at the five universities, they could cripple the… READ MORE