Higher education

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    Martin Center column focuses on diverse campus viewpoints

    George La Noue writes for the Martin Center about encouraging diverse viewpoints on college campuses. In the last few years, higher education has suffered an embarrassing series of well-publicized incidents of overt censorship by members of the academic community. The instances are geographically widespread and occur in a variety…
    Mitch Kokai, November 17, 2017
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    N.C. average student loan debt one of the lowest in the Southeast

    According to Business Insider, the average student loan debt per college graduate in North Carolina is around $14,800.  In the Southeast, only Florida ($12,900) and Louisiana ($13,400) were lower. Utah had the lowest average of the 50 states and D.C., while New Hampshire had the highest.  College graduates in…
    Terry Stoops, November 16, 2017
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    Leef explores the GOP tax proposal’s potential impact on higher ed

    George Leef’s latest Martin Center column focuses on the Republican tax plan’s potential implications for colleges and universities. On November 2, House Republican leaders unveiled their tax reform plan. A number of its provisions affect higher education. While this is only a proposal, it’s worth looking into those provisions.
    Mitch Kokai, November 15, 2017
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    Care About Free Speech? Hear From the Expert.

    You’re invited to this public event at NC State University on Wednesday featuring Robert Shibley of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). Need more information? Contact Dr. Andy Taylor at NC State: [email protected]
    Donna Martinez, November 14, 2017
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    Martin Center column critiques recent UNC Board of Governors action

    Jay Schalin of the Martin Center shares his concerns about a recent decision from the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors. Wise decision making depends on knowledge of the full range of options and information, not with rhetoric designed to push a specific agenda. And leadership that seeks…
    Mitch Kokai, November 13, 2017
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    New at Carolina Journal Online: State Bar raises concerns about UNC-CH Civil Rights Center

    Kari Travis has the details here. RALEIGH — The University of North Carolina School of Law’s Center for Civil Rights has been unlawfully litigating for 15 years, the N.C. State Bar said Nov. 9. A Letter of Caution, issued by the State Bar’s Authorized Practice Committee, warned UNC Law…
    Mitch Kokai, November 10, 2017
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    Focusing on campus free speech

    Rob Jenkins writes for the Martin Center about a recent event focusing on campus free speech. In October, I attended the first-ever FIRE Faculty Conference. If you’re not familiar with FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), you should be—assuming you support free speech, open inquiry, and viewpoint…
    Mitch Kokai, November 10, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Recent “Hometown Debates” in Rocky Mount, Burlington, and Newton highlighted key education issues linked to school construction, charter schools, and teacher pay. Panelist Terry Stoops shares his take on those topics during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Rick Henderson highlights the latest Carolina Journal cover…
    Mitch Kokai, November 10, 2017