Higher education

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    More college, or more options outside college?

    Richard Vedder writes for the Martin Center about contrasting approaches to the future of higher education. There has been mounting evidence that the financial payoff from the traditional bachelor’s degree is declining, particularly for men. For example, Census Bureau data suggest that, from 2005 to 2016, the average…
    Mitch Kokai, January 17, 2018
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    Martin Center president offers ideas for improving N.C. higher education this year

    Jenna Robinson’s latest Martin Center column offers the N.C. General Assembly ideas for improving higher education in the state. Here in North Carolina, education makes up roughly 40 percent of total state spending. The appropriation for the UNC system alone is nearly $3 billion. With such a large stake…
    Mitch Kokai, January 15, 2018
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    Martin Center column probes dearth of apprenticeships

    Anthony Hennen uses a Martin Center column to explore the current state of apprenticeships. Within the fractious realm of higher education policy, one of the few ideas to gain bipartisan support is the expansion of technical training for young workers, largely through apprenticeships. Both the political left and right…
    Mitch Kokai, January 12, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    A higher percentage of N.C. teachers remained on the job last year. Those who stayed put were more effective than those who left their jobs. Terry Stoops examines these two data points and other elements of the latest state teacher attrition report for the next edition of Carolina Journal…
    Mitch Kokai, January 12, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on the power struggle between lawmakers and judges involving N.C. election maps. John Trump’s Daily Journal emphasizes the importance of free-speech rights on campus when students choose which college to attend.
    Mitch Kokai, January 12, 2018
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    Leef tackles debate over student loan forgiveness

    George Leef’s latest Martin Center column focuses on the debate surrounding forgiveness of federal college student loans. Once again, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has kicked the hornet’s nest, this time by changing the rules for deciding if a student will be relieved of his or her obligation to repay…
    Mitch Kokai, January 10, 2018
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    Raising red flags about AP European history

    Peter Wood explains in a Federalist column how history seems to be repeating itself (my bad joke, not his) when it comes to the College Board’s treatment of European history. The American Enterprise Institute’s Frederick Hess and Grant Addison writing at National Review Online give the National Association…
    Mitch Kokai, January 10, 2018
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    Budget Basics: What is the General Fund?

    This is one of a series of blog posts to help understand common budget terms. The General Fund is what people tend to think of as the State Budget. Money raised for general, unspecified purposes goes there. Between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, roughly $23.6 billion from state…
    Joseph Coletti, January 9, 2018