Higher education (page 170)

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    Putting student loan debt numbers in perspective

    Joseph Lawler of the Washington Examiner looks beyond the scary headlines decrying $1.1 trillion in student loan debt in the United States. Like any other sum so big, however, $1.1 trillion is difficult to put into perspective. It has led to alarmist…
    Mitch Kokai, December 9, 2014
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    UNC petitioners should turn to Go Fund Me, not Change.org.

    The UNC BOG Democracy Coalition has begun a petition on Change.org to defend 34 centers and institutes that are under scrutiny by the UNC Board of Governors. The group, which calls itself a “diverse coalition of students, alumni, faculty, staff and organizations,” launched in October to demand changes and “foster…
    Jenna A. Robinson, December 8, 2014
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online about a watchdog group’s critique of a taxpayer-financed boutique hotel in Cary. Terry Stoops’ Daily Journal highlights continuing concerns about community college remediation rates.
    Mitch Kokai, December 4, 2014
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    Human capital and college degrees

    The latest issue of Bloomberg Businessweek features an article (not yet posted online) that examines the need to boost human capital. Among the more interesting observations are those provided by Harold Sirkin. Harold Sirkin, senior partner at Boston Consulting Group, places less value than [Harvard economist Lawrence] Katz…
    Mitch Kokai, December 1, 2014
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Members of a new state commission say they’ll have a hard time studying alternatives to Common Core public school standards without money to bring in experts from outside North Carolina. Terry Stoops discusses that dilemma during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Speaking of money, Sarah Curry…
    Mitch Kokai, November 28, 2014
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Jesse Saffron reports for Carolina Journal Online that the UNC system is lowering admission standards for three campuses in 2015. Roy Cordato’s Daily Journal explores economic nonsense tied to the Keystone XL pipeline debate.
    Mitch Kokai, November 25, 2014
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    How much does a higher education really cost?

    As liberal California Gov. Jerry Brown and liberal University of California President Janet Napolitano take opposite sides in the debate over state funding for the UC system, National Review Online columnist Kevin Williamson asks a question that has been notably absent from the debate.
    Mitch Kokai, November 21, 2014
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features a conversation with Robert Shibley of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education about threats to free speech on college campuses. Jon Ham’s Daily Journal explains why the media should welcome opportunities to hold politicians accountable for their…
    Mitch Kokai, November 21, 2014