Step up to fight NC’s biggest killer


RALEIGH – Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget plan includes a proposal that’s vital both to North Carolinians’ health and to our economy: Restoration of the University Cancer Research Fund to full funding.1 Nearly 40 percent of us will contract cancer at some point in our lives.  Even if we manage to avoid it, we each have… 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

Ross, Spellings: Very little disagreement at forum


GREENSBORO (May 16, 2016) – When it comes to core priorities for public higher education, there’s not much daylight between UNC System President Margaret Spellings and her predecessor, Tom Ross. Spellings and Ross sang one another’s praises during an hour-long appearance at the Governor Morehead Forum in Greensboro this week, highlighting shared concerns for higher… READ MORE