NC budget: Positive short-term, threatening long-term

RALEIGH (June 22, 2017) – At first glance, the budget compromise unveiled this week by legislative leaders seems encouraging. It would grant K-12 public school teachers an average raise of 3.3% this year and 9.6% over two years.  It would give significant raises to K-12 principals, a priority of the group BEST NC. It would… 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

McColl: Community colleges touch more people

CHARLOTTE – The man who built Bank of America says North Carolina’s community colleges have been vital to the state’s business community – and to his own career. Community colleges serve as “a tremendous adjunct” to the university system, because they allow “working people to get an education that they otherwise might not get,” Hugh… READ MORE

Teacher and student

PINEHURST – Ed Spitler started out as a community college student.  And through five degrees and 19 years teaching civil engineering technology and surveying, that’s where his heart remains. Spitler, a Sandhills Community College alumnus, began teaching at Sandhills in 1997 after he earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology at UNC Charlotte. He… READ MORE

UNCG professor sees a Digital Zen

GREENSBORO – Religion, we all know, is a touchy subject – but imagine how challenging it is to teach religion in a world that is both increasingly polarized and increasingly digital. Through a mixture of enthusiasm, humor, scholarship and technology, that’s where Dr. Gregory Price Grieve lives. Grieve, an Associate Professor and Head of the… READ MORE

NCGAP: You’re in, but you’re not

The General Assembly needs to defer its deferred admissions program. In a provision tucked into the state budget last year, legislators declared that 6-year graduation rates at our state’s public universities are too low – even though they are nearly 10 percentage points above the national average.1 Legislators ordered the University and Community College systems… READ MORE

Eagle Connect houses Durham Tech students on NC Central campus

DURHAM – Fourteen students at Durham Tech already have one foot on a university campus. Literally. When applicants fall just short of admission standards at NC Central University, NCCU doesn’t write them off.  Under a 2014 agreement with Durham Tech, the university invites selected applicants to join a program called Eagle Connect. The students pay… READ MORE

Voters Approve $350 Million for NC Community Colleges

Much-Needed Construction, Repair and Renovation to Begin at all 58 Colleges  RALEIGH (March 16, 2016) – North Carolina voters approved Tuesday’s $2 billion bond referendum with nearly two-thirds supporting the infrastructure projects, including $350 million designated for North Carolina’s 58 community colleges. The vote marks the initial step in the first major infusion of capital… READ MORE

Connect NC and NC Community Colleges

If voters approve on March 15, North Carolina’s community colleges plan to use proceeds from the Connect NC bond package to help students fill jobs in each community they serve. The $2 billion bond proposal includes $350 million for construction, repairs and renovations at the state’s 58 community colleges.1  State officials stress that no tax… READ MORE