Higher education (page 170)

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    Governor’s School on the chopping block

    At the Student Free Press Association blog, Carolina Review editor Anthony Dent (a Governor’s School alum) defends the proposal by General Assembly Republicans to end taxpayer funding of the program. Sure, it’s a life-changing experience, but why does the government have an obligation to subsidize someone’s life-changing experience? Dent…
    Rick Henderson, April 7, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Anthony Greco’s latest CarolinaJournal.tv report examines the state Department of Transportation’s efforts to inflate the number of jobs associated with proposed high-speed rail spending. John Hood’s Daily Journal offers a reality check on the issue of UNC tuition hikes.
    Mitch Kokai, April 7, 2011
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    Tell Her What She’s Won, Vanna!

    At a meeting of the NC House education committee this morning, representatives voted to confirm Janet K. Lowder, a community college trustee from Stanly County, as a member of the State Board of Community Colleges. Oddly enough, she was the only candidate nominated (perhaps because no one else wanted to…
    Duke Cheston, April 5, 2011
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    Wondering where to go to college in NC?

    Well, we at the Pope Center have done all the research for you! Or at least Jenna Robinson has. Today is the launch of our new website, NC College Finder. You can use it to compare the size, cost, location, political leanings, and a whole smorgasbord of other useful…
    Duke Cheston, April 4, 2011
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    Something Universities Are Doing Right

    Back when I was a sophomore at UNC-CH, I remember having a Korean teaching assistant (TA) who had a really tough time saying Cuba (“Choo-ba”), Mexico (“Mech… Mech… Mechi-co”), and several other Latin American countries. This was really unfortunate because it was a class about Latin American politics.
    Duke Cheston, April 1, 2011
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    How to Tell We’re Making a Difference

    As a proud member of the Art Pope Puppet Show, I was delighted to read the Independent Weekly‘s breathless, near-paranoid account of “Art Pope’s conservative empire.” Of particular interest to me was this bit about the Pope Center (since I work here, naturally): “A perennial complaint from the…
    Duke Cheston, March 16, 2011
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    The Imam and the Tar Heel

    Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the controversial “Ground Zero Mosque” advocate, will be giving a speech tonight over at the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. It looks like things could get a bit rowdy with protesters pledging “not to let him get away with this nonsense.” The Charlotte Observer reports: Abdul…
    Duke Cheston, March 16, 2011
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    More college graduates or more entrepreneurs?

    On Monday, President Obama remarked, “The best economic policy is one that produces more college graduates.”  Ira Stoll disagrees, It seems to me that president is wrong, and that the best economic policy is not one that “produces more college graduates,” but one that produces more entrepreneurs. If…
    Terry Stoops, March 16, 2011