Category Archives: Higher education

A defense of literature

Northwestern University professor Gary Saul Morson offers Commentary readers excellent observations about the value of teaching literature. We all live in a prison house of self. We naturally see the world from our own perspective and see our own point of view as obvious and, if we are not careful, as the only possible one.Continue Reading

It’s now pretty clear that N.C. Central’s chancellor committed corruption

Things are getting bad for Debra Saunders-White. The N.C. Central University chancellor is embroiled in a lawsuit by two former employees who said they were fired for not being black. Her former chief of staff piled on, alleging that she used university funds for personal leisure. Yet another former employee, a current one, joined theContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

As North Carolina’s state budget debate enters the negotiation stage, Becki Gray focuses on the Senate’s budget recommendations during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Charles C.W. Cooke of National Review discusses his recommendations for a closer alignment between conservative and libertarian political ideas, as spelled out in his new book, The Conservatarian Manifesto.Continue Reading

That other state higher education system is beginning its own presidential search

North Carolina’s community college system is undergoing a transition. President Scott Ralls is leaving in September to become the president of Northern Virginia Community College in the Washington, D.C., area. Last week, the state board picked an interim successor, George Fouts of Jamestown. A little bit about Fouts: He’s been associated with the community college system forContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Harry Painter reports for Carolina Journal Online that state legislators are considering year-round funding for community college courses. Jon Ham’s Daily Journal criticizes members of the media who’ve forgotten the importance of the First Amendment.

Ill effects of campus ‘trigger warnings’

David French explores for National Review Online readers the negative impacts associated with so-called “trigger warnings” on college campuses. Those are trigger warnings — declarations designed to prevent people from reading or viewing content they don’t like, declarations that are actually used to censor even the mildest forms of non-politically-correct free speech. And, apparently, they’reContinue Reading

Ed school prof: universities should help radical Left

In an Education Week op-ed, University of Illinois-Chicago assistant professor Nicole Nguyen calls on university faculty to “to counter the oppressive systems of inequality that brutalize youths.”  She continues, The ongoing police killings of Black adolescents are a clarion call to academics to remake universities around this public mission. Our privilege as academics charges us withContinue Reading

Where is the Lottery Money going in the budget?

Below is a table of all the lottery money that is used in the Senate’s General Fund budget.