Jay Schalin


Posts by Jay Schalin (page 2)

  • North Carolina’s Other Higher Education System

    I met Dr. Scott Ralls seven years ago, when he was inaugurated as the North Carolina Community College System president. We’ve had our moments; for one, he routinely used an article of mine to counter my argument when talking to legislators. I laughed when he told me that; we have…
    Jay Schalin, June 1, 2015
  • Looking for Public Input in All the Wrong Places

    The search for a new UNC system president has reached the “remarkable” stage. That is, the Board of Governors has held a series of townhall-style meetings for public input into the qualities the new president should have, and, after attending one of them, you are left with the impression that…
    Jay Schalin, May 29, 2015
  • College Bubble Hawks vs. Bubble Deniers

    There have been a lot of enduring debates over the decades: Ginger vs. Mary Anne, Tastes Great vs. Less Filling, Global Warming Alarmism vs. Global Warming Denial. Generally, people have their minds pretty well made up and are loathe to switch sides. But Jesse Saffron did just that with one…
    Jay Schalin, May 27, 2015
  • When is a Program Cut Not a Cut?

    When it’s in the UNC system. Recently, the UNC systemdumped 46 degree programs that were underperforming in terms of enrollment. Specifically, the criteria for closing a program is as follows (thanks to Jesse Saffron): A bachelor’s program is considered to be “low productive” if 1) it…
    Jay Schalin, May 26, 2015
  • School’s Out For the Summer, Not So Much

    Something that has increasingly made little sense is the strict adherence to the college two-semester system, with students attending in the fall and spring with summers off. More and more of those attending are of the non-traditional variety, older students who are looking to get through as fast as possible…
    Jay Schalin, May 25, 2015
  • Moving Forward, Inch by Inch

    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…
    Jay Schalin, May 11, 2015
  • A Tale of Two Mindsets

    An article by celebrated emeritus sociology professor John Shelton Reed of UNC-Chapel Hill about his school’s agonizingly long athletics scandal has great insight that extends far beyond the immediate concerns of the situation. That is, Reed exposes the way different faculties think about ethical dilemmas. The STEM, healthcare, and…
    Jay Schalin, May 1, 2015
  • Just Throw Money at Inefficiency … That’ll Work

    In public academia, there’s a simple solution when a program shows extreme inefficiency—give it more money! That may be the case with East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine. An outside consultant has found some costly activities that are clearly capable of being fixed, yet the university system is asking…
    Jay Schalin, April 20, 2015