Higher education (page 8)

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    Leef’s latest Martin Center column ponders election’s impact on higher ed

    George Leef writes for the Martin Center about the potential impact of 2018 elections on federal higher education policy. Back in the summer, it seemed that the Republican/conservative vision for higher education reform was building momentum. A House GOP bill called the PROSPER Act was on the verge of…
    Mitch Kokai, November 14, 2018
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    Local debt means future taxes

    A simple change to ballot language and another small change in ball could have huge impacts on local borrowing. Dan Way reported for Carolina Journal that “Debt fared better than taxes in local referendums.” Only one bond referendum failed. Wake County alone received permission from voters to issue $1.017 billion…
    Joseph Coletti, November 13, 2018
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    Martin Center president tackles eBooks and digital reading

    Jenna Robinson’s latest Martin Center column focuses on the challenges linked to electronic reading options. The cost of college textbooks has increased at an alarming rate. According to the College Board, the average student spends more than $1,200 on books and materials each year. The proposed solution—advocated by universities…
    Mitch Kokai, November 9, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Gov. Roy Cooper has signed an executive order designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions in North Carolina. Donald van der Vaart analyzes the order for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Dan Way discusses the federal government’s new waiver permitting major changes in North Carolina’s Medicaid…
    Mitch Kokai, November 9, 2018
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    Martin Center column focuses on universities helping businesses avoid taxes

    Sean McCarthy writes for the Martin Center about a case in which university action helped a private business avoid paying property taxes. State governments treat public university land as non-taxable because the mission of these institutions is nonprofit education. But when state legislatures aren’t careful, university administrators can take…
    Mitch Kokai, November 7, 2018
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    Professor sues over pronoun trouble

    In a case worthy of Daffy Duck, a college professor is suing his employer in a case involving preferred pronouns. Jack Crowe explains at National Review Online. The Alliance Defending Freedom filed suit Monday on behalf of a university professor who was punished by his employer for…
    Mitch Kokai, November 7, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online that East Carolina University’s chancellor denies reports that he plans to resign by Jan. 1. The Daily Journal documents a disturbing rise in a tribal form of partisan hatred.
    Mitch Kokai, November 6, 2018
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    Martin Center ponders prospects for reform after Spellings leaves

    Jay Schalin of the Martin Center devotes his latest column to the UNC System’s future after the departure of President Margaret Spellings. The surprise resignation of Margaret Spellings from the presidency of the University of North Carolina system presents an opportunity to improve the system’s insufficient governance policies. The…
    Mitch Kokai, November 5, 2018