Ingram and Perry: We all need to support Margaret Spellings

By ROBERT INGRAM and ROGER PERRY DURHAM – As we embark on the recruitment of Amazon, it’s important to remember an important history lesson. There’s no question our local universities played a critical role both in building Research Triangle Park and attracting major employers like GlaxoSmithKline to the Triangle.  They continue to be our biggest… READ MORE

Gage and Eshelman: Spellings deserves ‘full-throated support’

By Hannah Gage and Fred Eshelman The importance to North Carolina of a world-class university system cannot be stressed enough. Our state’s reputation — our ability to attract new jobs and industries, and our capacity to generate investment and opportunity for our citizens — rests heavily on the success of the University of North Carolina… READ MORE

UNC board needs to support Margaret Spellings

By HUGH McCOLL Margaret Spellings came to North Carolina as President of the University of North Carolina System last year with an already-firm belief in making higher education accessible and affordable for as many students as possible. She understands that by 2020, 65 percent of U.S. jobs will require some form of higher education,1 so… READ MORE

BOWLES: Leading UNC into the future

By Erskine B. Bowles President Emeritus University of North Carolina We North Carolinians are blessed to have a high-achieving, diverse University system that is admired not just across our country, but around the world.  A 2015 analysis concluded our public universities generated $27.9 billion in additional income for North Carolinians.1 The 17 public universities that… READ MORE

NCCU: Mission-driven to serve as an engine of opportunity

By Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D. Chancellor North Carolina Central University DURHAM – The start of the 2017-2018 academic year at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) marks another milestone for the institution. As we enter our 107th year, NCCU stands firm on a strong foundation of achievement as the nation’s first publicly-supported liberal arts college for… READ MORE

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

“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

Why We Need Federal Funding of Social Science Research

By Jeff Braden Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences NC State University President Trump’s budget proposes to dramatically reduce or altogether eliminate federal funding for social science research, primarily through cuts to the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Mental Health. Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has challenged critics… READ MORE

UNC Strategic Plan: Measuring progress at FSU

By Chancellor James A. Anderson Fayetteville State University FAYETTEVILLE – The University of North Carolina, of which Fayetteville State University (FSU) is a proud constituent institution, recently unveiled Higher Expectations, the Strategic Plan that will chart the course of the system for the next five years. The UNC Strategic Plan incorporates five meta-goals and encourages… READ MORE