Higher education (page 195)

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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    When President Obama promised North Carolinians recently that his jobs bill would create 13,000 new public-sector jobs in this state, he left out the inconvenient fact that the jobs would last for a single year. Rick Henderson dissects this element of the Obama jobs plan in the next edition of…
    Mitch Kokai, October 21, 2011
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    Community college attrition costs NC millions

    In a new report on community college attrition, researchers from the American Institutes of Research estimated that, between 2004 and 2009, North Carolina taxpayers surrendered $150 million to first-year community college students that subsequently dropped out. In total, almost $4 billion in federal, state, and local taxpayer monies in…
    Terry Stoops, October 20, 2011
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    The notion that college is oversold represents ‘brave thinking’?

    One might reach that conclusion after reading that The Atlantic has dubbed San Francisco technology entrepreneur Peter Thiel one of its “Brave Thinkers 2011.” Now along comes a very different guru with a similar-sounding message. Last fall, Peter Thiel, the Bay Area billionaire who…
    Mitch Kokai, October 19, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online about a controversial solar energy project on the campus of Haywood Community College. John Hood’s Daily Journal analyzes recent verbal gaffes from Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue and Republican N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis.
    Mitch Kokai, October 17, 2011
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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