Higher education (page 170)

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    CVCC doesn’t believe in the First Amendment

    No other way to put it. Catawba Valley Community College suspended student Marc Bechtol for a Facebook post criticizing CVCC. The community college now has ID cards that double as debit cards. The college pushed student to use the accounts. When Bechtol did, he also got spam, which…
    Michael Lowrey, October 13, 2011
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    Vedder probes the occupiers’ interest in student-loan forgiveness

    Richard Vedder explains for National Review Online readers the foolishness of one of the key planks of the Occupy [fill in the blank] crowd: student-loan forgiveness. Economist Justin Wolfers recently opined that “this is the worst idea ever.” I think it is actually the second-worst…
    Mitch Kokai, October 11, 2011
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    The limits of social policy

    In “Nathan Glazer’s Warning,” Howard Husock of the Manhattan Institute uses Glazer’s writings to examine the revival of federal social policy (i.e., social engineering) by the Obama administration. The following is a particularly interesting passage about the failure of federal education and training programs: Glazer, by contrast, immersed himself…
    Terry Stoops, October 10, 2011
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    U.S. employment data: A preview of N.C.’s report?

    As you may have heard, the U.S. unemployment rate held firm at 9.1 percent in September, as nonfarm payrolls went up by 103,000 in seasonally adjusted terms. Some commentators have noted that the 103,000 figure is underwhelming, since 45,000 Verizon workers who were on strike went back to work.
    Rick Henderson, October 7, 2011
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    Oscar-winning documentary might actually lead to some good?

    It’s possible. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that in the wake of the popularity of “Inside Job,” which “exposed ties between financial firms and academia,” Columbia and other Ivy League schools are ordering more sunlight on outside compensation for their professors. The film asserts that Columbia finance professor…
    Mitch Kokai, October 4, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Jenna Ashley Robinson reports for Carolina Journal Online about a new assessment of North Carolina college facts and figures. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why the correct path to health care reform would avoid increased government involvement.
    Mitch Kokai, September 28, 2011
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    Vedder: Who Should Educate the Educators?

    Richard Vedder’s take on schools of education is nothing new, but it is still an enjoyable read. From The Chronicle of Higher Education website, The bottom line: I have long favored defunding schools of education, disallowing state subsidies to universities for courses taken in them, and even making it…
    Terry Stoops, September 27, 2011
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    Western Carolina economics lectures target Chicago fire, prison gangs

    If you’re in Western North Carolina this week, you might be interested in a pair of economics-related lectures from a husband-and-wife team from Duke University. Emily Skarbek will discuss “The Chicago Fire of 1871: The Economics of a Polycentric Disaster Relief Effort” 5 p.m. Thursday at Western Carolina…
    Mitch Kokai, September 27, 2011