Higher education (page 173)

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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    When touting the benefits of federal stimulus money for high-speed rail projects, the N.C. Department of Transportation suggested the money would produce 4,800 jobs. But a Carolina Journal analysis shows that the correct projection actually focuses on 4,800 “job-years.” CJ Managing Editor Rick Henderson defines that term and explains why…
    Mitch Kokai, April 29, 2011
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    Why Do Colleges Keep Raising Their Prices?

    “Because they can. Who’s gonna stop them?” is the answer author Andrew Ferguson received from Ohio University economist and higher ed reformer Richard Vedder. In this week’s edition of Uncommon Knowledge, Ferguson talks with host Peter Robinson about his latest book Crazy U. Check it out. Another insightful bit from…
    Duke Cheston, April 21, 2011
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    Students grade the schools

    According to a recent AP poll, many young adults believe that their high schools did a medicore job preparing them for higher education and/or employment.  We should be using feedback from high school graduates to improve our high schools, rather than conducting the usual echo chamber reform efforts. Q.
    Terry Stoops, April 19, 2011
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    One of the top responsibilities state lawmakers face this year involves drawing new maps for the 2012 congressional and legislative elections. Becki Gray discusses the redistricting process during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Speaking of legislative issues, you’ll hear highlights from a debate over a proposed…
    Mitch Kokai, April 15, 2011
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    House budget, first look

    Live Blog House Appropriations subcommittees started debate yesterday on the specifics what it means to balance the budget in a pro-family, pro-growth way. Proposed savings in primary and secondary education of $694 million are midway between Gov. Perdue's $351 million and the John Locke Foundation's $1 billion. Community College…
    Joseph Coletti, April 13, 2011
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    Author, columnist S.E. Cupp pans bitter, divisive feminism

    Conservative columnist and political analyst S.E. Cupp, 32, can’t relate to the brand of feminism that attacks women such as Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann as “female impersonators” because of their conservative views. Cupp believes those sorts of attacks resonate even less with college-age women. She presented her views Monday…
    Mitch Kokai, April 12, 2011
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    ‘A ringing vindication of academic freedom’

    UNC-Wilmington criminal justice professor Mike Adams won his case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The Speak Up blog gives the details: A lower court had said that Adams’ speeches and columns on matters of public concern were not protected by the First Amendment and…
    Jon Sanders, April 11, 2011
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    Some Liberal “Advice”

    I always find it interesting when liberals give advice to conservatives on what conservatives should do to help the conservative movement. It's also interesting when they try to describe why conservatives think the way they do. Both of these phenomena were on display today over at the Huffington Post college page, along with a substantial amount of whining and hand-wringing. Keith William Neely, a liberal student at Vanderbilt, describes scary right-wing radicalism thusly: “At Vanderbilt for example, a local chapter of the radical libertarian organization Young Americans for Liberty has found limited success in putting on large events like the one on March 26th, where they prominently displayed the 'National Debt Clock' alongside photocopied images of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to illustrate the need for disbanding the Federal Reserve. At public events, they wear Guy Fawkes masks to advertise their presence, and have even been known to target conservatives with their extremist ire. At the recent IMPACT Symposium, members of the organization passed out leaflets pejoratively branding both Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty and Weekly Standard founder Bill Kristol as 'neo-cons'.” Yes, they called Bill Kristol a neo-con! The horrors! A national debt clock, my stars, lawd-a-mussy!
    Duke Cheston, April 7, 2011