Higher education

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    Martin Center column exposes bad news about federal aid for college students

    Richard Vedder writes for the Martin Center about new research focusing on federal financial aid for college students. For years I have railed against the dysfunctional federal student loan program. The availability of cheap federal student loans has enabled universities to increase tuition fees aggressively, helping fund an unproductive…
    Mitch Kokai, December 11, 2019
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    Education Department report raises concerns about foreign funding on campuses

    Jerry Dunleavy reports for the Washington Examiner on a disturbing report from the U.S. Department of Education. An Education Department investigation revealed universities failed to report more than a billion dollars in foreign funding, which officials believe is only a sliver of the unreported overseas donations flowing onto…
    Mitch Kokai, December 11, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on a grant that helps hospitals deal with storm damage. Rick Henderson’s Daily Journal argues that the UNC System’s governing board tried to resolve one scandal but created another one.
    Mitch Kokai, December 10, 2019
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    Martin Center column tackles ‘red pedagogy’

    Shannon Watkins of the Martin Center focuses on a recent controversy surrounding a proposed N.C. charter school. Schools of education have particularly become the home of critical theorists—who aim to radically alter society according to a Marxist-informed vision. Critical theorists’ campaign to insert their “revolutionary” ideas into K-12 classroom…
    Mitch Kokai, December 9, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online about a panel discussion highlighting the negative impact of social justice activism on N.C. higher education. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains how a recent court decision should help keep Gov. Roy Cooper in his lane.
    Mitch Kokai, December 9, 2019
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    Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good: College football playoff edition

    Skip this entry if you’re looking for commentary about Donald Trump, Roy Cooper, or some other aspect of public policy. What follows deals primarily with the less important topic of college football playoffs. To justify its inclusion in the “Locker Room,” I’ll note two policy-related items. First, excitement about the…
    Mitch Kokai, December 8, 2019
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    Martin Center’s Leef pushes back against narrative of college dropout ‘scandal’

    George Leef of the Martin Center labels pundits’ concerns over college dropouts “overhyped.” About 40 percent of Americans who enroll in college drop out before earning a certificate or degree. A high percentage of those who drop out are from poor families; they attended K-12 schools where academic standards…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2019
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    Silent Sam Deal Could Encourage Copycats

    This week, Carolina Journal’s Lindsay Marchello and Rick Henderson wrote a piece on the potential impacts of the recent settlement regarding a Confederate statue. The UNC Board of Governors announced Wednesday, Nov. 26, that it reached an agreement with the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) to transfer Silent Sam,…
    Brenee Goforth, December 6, 2019