Category Archives: Higher education

AAUP opposition to UNC poverty center closing is hypocritical

Both locally and nationally, there has been plenty of reaction, mostly from the left, to the UNC Board of Governors’ recommendation to close three academic centers. In particular, the American Association of University Professors has condemned the move to close Chapel Hill’s Center on Poverty, Work, and Community. But, as Jay Schalin points out in aContinue Reading

National Review’s Williamson pans policies promoting student-loan default

Kevin Williamson of National Review Online explains in his latest column why he opposes public policies that would increase the likelihood of federal student-loan default. On Monday, The New Yorker offered a sympathetic report (“A student-loan debt revolt begins”) about 15 former students of Corinthian Colleges, a dodgy and now largely defunct operator of for-profitContinue Reading

American student loan debt in context

Eric Owens of the Daily Caller devotes a column to the staggering level of American student loan debt. America’s student loan debt level has reached a crushing total of $1.16 trillion, according to a quarterly report on household debt and credit released this month by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. To put thisContinue Reading

Performance Based Budgeting with Community Colleges

It’s budget time, and its when state agencies should start looking at performance standards when asking for budget changes.  The NC Community College System serves a large number of students and are located across the state.  While none would argue their importance to our state, maybe their performance should play a role in getting aContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a new study that shows how North Carolina’s certificate-of-need law limits access to health care and boosts costs. John Hood’s Daily Journal tackles myths surrounding a recommendation to close UNC-Chapel Hill’s poverty center.

In case you missed it …

Time Warner Cable News’ “Capital Tonight” asked for the John Locke Foundation’s assessment of a new study that credits higher education with producing a multibillion-dollar impact on the North Carolina economy.

Federal highlights on Education

House Committee Approves ESEA Re-authorization; White House Responds Last week, the House Education and the Workforce Committee voted along party lines (21-16) to advance the Student Success Act (HR 5) to reauthorize and replace No Child Left Behind. The measure would dramatically reduce the role of the federal government in elementary and secondary education. ItContinue Reading

Gene Nichol and the Huffington Post have uncovered our evil scheme

Huffington “Hit Piece” Post has it out for the “Tea Party Legislature” and us sinister conservative think tanks that pull their strings. Yes, yes, our dastardly grand plan is coming together smoothly. First, Art “Dr. Evil” Pope bankrolled the evil Republicans with his evil right-wing money from the “Koch-allied Pope Foundation,” and then we conspired toContinue Reading