Harry Painter

Harry Painter writes for the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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  • Americans don’t trust the federal government, but they want it to spend more on student aid

    In a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, 71 percent of respondents said they were dissatisfied with the direction of the country; 41 percent responded “very dissatisfied.” Furthermore, 76 percent of respondents were either angry or dissatisfied with the federal government specifically. Just 2 percent responded that they were…
    Harry Painter, September 1, 2015
  • The Duke freshman’s Fun Home protest is actually quite reasonable

    After earning media attention through a Facebook post on the subject, Duke freshman Brian Grasso elaborates in the Washington Post on why he opted not to read this summer’s common reading selection. Along with other Christian classmates, Grasso refrained from reading Fun Home, Alison Bechdel’s controversial graphic novel featuring explicit LGBT themes.
    Harry Painter, August 26, 2015
  • High schools will have to try a little harder if this “college-ready” bill passes

    The N.C. General Assembly is a step closer to doing something about remedial education. Today, the House education committee on community colleges passed SB 561, which would implement a program called “Career and College Ready Graduates.” It now has only to pass the House floor before reaching the governor’s desk.
    Harry Painter, August 18, 2015
  • There’s a dark cloud hovering over Liza Minnelli

    Through no fault of her own, maybe, singer/actress Liza Minnelli is at the center of a public records dispute in North Carolina. She, along with the North Carolina Symphony, is the inaugural performer at Cape Fear Community College’s $41 million Humanities and Fine Arts Center, brought to us by the…
    Harry Painter, August 12, 2015
  • A college in Asheville has done away with SAT/ACT requirements

    Warren Wilson College, the Asheville-based liberal arts college that requires students to work an on-campus job and perform community service, announced Friday it is going test-optional starting fall 2016. That means it will not require students to have taken the SAT or ACT. The statement from Janelle Holmboe, vice president…
    Harry Painter, July 13, 2015
  • 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,…
    Harry Painter, June 29, 2015
  • 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:…
    Harry Painter, June 25, 2015
  • How does North Carolina stack up in New America’s new tool for comparing state college-ready policies?

    New America is out with a new “data visualization platform” called Atlas. It provides a map of “college-ready” policies around the country, outlining seven criteria to compare states. The criteria are: Do states have official definitions of college- and career-readiness? What standards, if any, are states using (such…
    Harry Painter, June 10, 2015