Higher education

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    Martin Center highlights Emerson’s view of the American scholar

    The latest installment in the Martin Center’s “History of Higher Ed” series highlights Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1837 Harvard lecture, “The American Scholar.” In this distribution of functions the scholar is the delegated intellect. In the right state he is Man Thinking. In the degenerate state, when the victim of…
    Mitch Kokai, January 17, 2020
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    North Carolina has good reasons to celebrate as National School Choice Week approaches. Terry Stoops recaps recent school choice gains during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jay Schweikert of the libertarian Cato Institute explains why his group is endorsing North Carolina’s efforts to reform state…
    Mitch Kokai, January 17, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online that the General Assembly’s failure to finalize a new state budget has some UNC System leaders feeling “grim.” Donald van der Vaart’s Daily Journal highlights efforts to free farmers from Obama-era restrictions linked to the Clean Water Act.
    Mitch Kokai, January 17, 2020
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    Martin Center column focuses on collegiate athletics reform

    David Ridpath writes for the Martin Center about reforming collegiate athletics. Like millions of others, I love college sports, but there are several reasons why it needs to change: (1) An overwhelming majority—98 percent—of all athletics programs spend more than they make, requiring mandatory student fees and general fund…
    Mitch Kokai, January 15, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports on the limited action in the General Assembly’s latest one-day session. Brooke Conrad and Kari Travis report on the potential impact of a transparency lawsuit linked to UNC’s Silent Sam controversy. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights a dramatic fall in child poverty.
    Mitch Kokai, January 15, 2020
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    Martin Center column targets high textbook prices

    Megan Zogby writes for the Martin Center about the continuing problem of high college textbook prices. As college textbook prices have increased 88 percent since 2006, education reformers wonder how universities can make books more affordable. One simple thing they could do is to stop selling textbooks with absurdly…
    Mitch Kokai, January 13, 2020
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    A new look at public universities

    James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley devote a National Affairs article to the future role of public universities. In recent years, public universities have faced a troubling question: Can they remain financially solvent while serving their own residents at the low tuition rates that were common several…
    Mitch Kokai, January 13, 2020
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    Martin Center column highlights job skills that colleges don’t teach

    Chloe Anagnos writes for the Martin Center about an important omission from the typical college education. Every college student knows that, once they graduate, landing the job of their dreams isn’t going to just happen. Yet, students still downplay the difficulties they will face, either because they don’t understand…
    Mitch Kokai, January 10, 2020