Spellings: Advising Corps breaks down ‘college isn’t for me’ myth

CHAPEL HILL – First-generation college students face so many barriers:  Standardized tests, applications, financial aid forms, deciding which schools to consider – even knowing how a college campus feels. For many, the process can be formidable. That’s where the College Advising Corps comes in, University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings says in the accompanying… READ MORE

Return of the Teaching Fellows?

RALEIGH (March 9, 2017) – Legislative and education leaders proposed a partial restoration today of the N.C. Teaching Fellows Program that would offer forgivable loans to college students who agree to become public school teachers in high-demand STEM and special-education fields. The Teaching Fellows program began in 1986 and offered four-year scholarships to promising students… READ MORE

UNC plan: Higher education a goal for all students

Anyone who thinks UNC System President Margaret Spellings isn’t serious about higher education access and affordability needs to take a look at the University’s new strategic plan. The plan aims to make our public universities look more like the rest of North Carolina, with a special emphasis on increasing enrollment among students from rural and… READ MORE

The Meaning of a 21st-Century Education in North Carolina

By Michael Tiemann Chair, Board of Trustees University of North Carolina School of the Arts Education reform is a topic that dates back to at least Plato and the ancient Greeks.  Adam Smith wrote about it in The Wealth of Nations.  Thomas Jefferson advocated for it as a democratic necessity.  Abraham Lincoln effected it by… READ MORE

Casteen: Core curriculum needed more now than a generation ago

Remarks from John T. Casteen III President Emeritus, University of Virginia Virginia Episcopal School Centennial Founders Day Lynchburg, VA September 30, 2016 The major speaker at the first college deans’ meeting I attended (in 1975) was the late Caroline Bird, who was one of the founders of modern American feminism – one of the small… 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

Success story at WSSU

WINSTON-SALEM – When state legislators proposed this summer to offer tuition of $500 a semester at five state universities, they said they targeted schools with falling enrollment, suggesting those schools were somehow struggling. But in the case of Winston-Salem State University, reduced enrollment was part of a deliberate strategy to improve performance and graduation rates… READ MORE

Faculty raises welcome, but won’t stem poaching

RALEIGH (June 29, 2016) – The $22.3 billion budget for 2016-17 that state legislators are moving to approve this week offers stable funding for state universities and community colleges, but it fails yet again to make investments in faculty sufficient to keep our campuses competitive. The budget cuts income taxes by $145 million by raising… READ MORE

Tom Ross – “One of those carpenters”

CHAPEL HILL (May 26, 2016) – UNC President Margaret Spellings and the Board of Governors that oversees the University of North Carolina System presented President Emeritus Tom Ross the highest award the Board bestows. The University Award recognizes exceptional service to higher education in North Carolina.  Here are remarks delivered that evening by Spellings; Tom… READ MORE