The North Carolina legislature is usually the place where good ideas for reforming higher education reform go to die (OK, one of the places where they go to die). This year, a bill that had the ability to save taxpayers (or students) $80 million by slightly increasing teaching loads for some professors got killed off, as were many others.
Yet some good bills that will improve higher education are still making their way through the legislature, including one that puts the onus for remedial education back on the K-12 schools where it belongs, instead of waiting until students enter college. Jenna Robinson discusses them in this article. This year, 51 bills were introduced–a good sign that legislators may be finally concerning themselves with an important but neglected part of the state government.