Higher education

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    Martin Center column examines those who don’t finish community college degrees

    Shannon Watkins of the Martin Center explores the notion that community college “dropouts” represent a public policy problem. A sense of urgency has taken hold of higher education leaders nationwide. Reports of declining community college graduation rates and the lack of skilled workers have led policymakers and college leaders…
    Mitch Kokai, October 14, 2019
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    Becki Gray Discusses What’s New in North Carolina with North Carolina Public Radio’s Jeff Tiberii

    Last week, JLF’s Becki Gray made her regular appearance on North Carolina Public Radio WUNC with host Jeff Tiberii. Becki and fellow guest Rob Schofield from the N.C. Justice Center discussed the suspension of ECU’s Interim Chancellor, the reemergence of a bill to allow Duke Energy to adjust…
    Brenee Goforth, October 11, 2019
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    Martin Center column examines independent Christian study centers

    Josh Bowman writes for the Martin Center about the role of independent Christian study centers. Local pastors, faculty, and others, though, have begun to pursue innovative ways to re-insert a Christian presence back into the life of universities while remaining independent of higher education’s bureaucracy. They have, instead, begun…
    Mitch Kokai, October 9, 2019
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    What is killing the American Dream?

    Eric Levitz at New York Magazine claims the American Dream is being killed. He blames three policy decisions by which “we let” wages fall, prices climb, and the social contract fail. My colleague Mike Schietzelt raised the primary objection when sharing the article with me, that Levitz defines…
    Joseph Coletti, October 8, 2019
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    Martin Center column explores universities’ opaque financial picture

    Anthony Hennen of the Martin Center focuses on potential mislabeling of some higher education spending. Public colleges spend public money, but college officials are reluctant to make information about their budgets easy to understand. That aversion to transparency makes it easier to pass non-instructional expenses along to students. Many…
    Mitch Kokai, October 7, 2019
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    Martin Center column examines Ph.D. costs

    Ben Cohen writes for the Martin Center about the true costs associated with seeking an advanced academic degree. In 2012, CBS noted the bleak future that awaited PhD graduates. From 2005 to 2009, American universities graduated 100,000 new PhDs but only created 16,000 new professorships. The average PhD student…
    Mitch Kokai, October 4, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Just as the University of North Carolina System is searching for a new president, the chairman of its governing board steps down. Rick Henderson assesses the significance of Harry Smith’s decision for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Donald van der Vaart analyzes possible unintended negative…
    Mitch Kokai, October 4, 2019
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    Martin Center column highlights impact of one word and one court case

    Harry Lewis writes for the Martin Center about a new book that explores American higher education’s current woes. In his new book The Assault on American Excellence, Yale law professor Anthony Kronman traces many of the current woes of American universities back to the use of one word in…
    Mitch Kokai, October 2, 2019