Higher education (page 175)

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    Sowell speaks out against campus ‘barbarians’

    Thomas Sowell‘s latest column examines the negative consequences associated with university administration “wimps” who won’t take a stand against campus disruptions. An all too familiar scene was enacted on the campus of Swarthmore College during a meeting on May 4th to discuss demands by…
    Mitch Kokai, May 22, 2013
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    Voucher research: The whole story

    The state House will consider a means-tested voucher bill (HB 944) in committee today.  That means that you’ll read and hear a lot of nonsense and half-truths about the success of private school vouchers.  If you want the whole story, read School Vouchers: From Friedman to the Finish…
    Terry Stoops, May 21, 2013
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    Does he really have to retire?

    Octogenarian Donald Kagan is retiring after professing his knowledge of history to Yale University students for more than 40 years. National Review‘s Eliana Johnson details Kagan’s final lecture, in which he spells out some of the key problems of higher education in America today.
    Mitch Kokai, May 20, 2013
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features Donna Martinez’s conversation with Terry Stoops about his concerns that North Carolina’s rising high school graduation rate might mask a decline in standards. John Hood’s Daily Journal assesses the pros and cons of the state Senate’s tax reform…
    Mitch Kokai, May 10, 2013
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    Barone contends the college bubble has burst

    George Leef is sure to take interest in the following National Review Online headline: “The College Bubble Bursts.” Michael Barone delivers the accompanying article, which discusses problems plaguing American higher education. Now the higher-education bubble has burst. The Wall Street Journal reported this week…
    Mitch Kokai, May 9, 2013
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    Senate to vote on limiting debt not approved by voters

    The Senate is scheduled to vote today on a bill returning a great deal of financial self-governance to the voters. Senate Bill 129 passed the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday afternoon and moved immediately to the floor calendar. Sen. Tommy Tucker, R-Union, ushered the bill through committee with some compelling numbers supporting the measure. “This is an act to limit the issuance of debt under the State Capital Facilities Finance Act,” which sets up “special indebtedness” mechanisms that allow the state to assume debt by raising taxes without a vote being put before the voters in the form of a ballot referendum, Tucker said. Special indebtedness includes certificates of participation (COPS), but that acronym has come to generally be understood as including all types of non-voter approved debt – lease purchase revenue bonds and limited obligation bonds being the other types. Special indebtedness is activated “to hastily receive money when you have major capital projects within the state,” Tucker said. It normally is used for “worthy causes, prisons, and schools, and primarily the university system.” At present, special indebtedness is equivalent to 40 percent of the state’s general fund debt. The bill prohibits any further debt being incurred through special indebtedness until that debt level is reduced to 25 percent or below of the general fund debt. “Up until 2001 the state had never issued any COPS in the history of the state, and then from 2001 on up until roughly 2009 we issued about $3 billion worth of COPS,” Tucker said. “This was done without people knowing it. We incurred $3 billion in debt over the last decade without voter approval,” Tucker said.
    Dan E. Way, May 1, 2013
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The University of North Carolina surprised some observers by choosing Dartmouth College’s interim president as the new chancellor for the flagship Chapel Hill campus. Jane Shaw of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy analyzes that choice during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jeanette Doran of…
    Mitch Kokai, April 26, 2013
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    A pin aimed at the higher education bubble?

    One of the signs of a higher education bubble: a rampant grade inflation in which “an A is the most common grade given in college — 43 percent of all grades, as opposed to 15 percent in the 1960s,” according to research Thomas Lindsay…
    Mitch Kokai, April 17, 2013