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Does North Carolina sufficiently support its public universities?
A new report from the Center for American Progress alleges that the "Great Recession" that began in 2008 devastated public university investments nationwide. Specifically, it says that over a five-year period, tuition has skyrocketed, states have withdrawn public investment, and low-income families have been pushed out of higher education.... More »
November 21, 2014

It is possible to control college costs—and I did it
Many college leaders speak as though the upward cost spiral is permanent and unavoidable. From experience, I can say that’s not true.... More »
November 19, 2014

The UNC Board of Governors takes action on a leak to the press
In the past few months, under the chairmanship of John Fennebresque, the UNC Board of Governors has been more aggressive than in the past, drilling down into more topics and increasing its discussions in committees and in the full board meetings. But now the board is being distracted by a spat over confidentiality at Winston-Salem State University, one of the board’s sixteen college campuses.... More »
November 17, 2014

Campus civility declines as attention turns to groups, not individuals
I recall vividly in the early 1980s spending fifteen minutes walking two hundred yards with my older faculty mentor from our offices to Davidson’s post office. Along the way, he greeted or was greeted by Davidson students, staff, other faculty, and townspeople. For each there was a hearty "good morning" or a "you are looking so well," or to an advisee, "how is your calculus class going?"... More »
November 14, 2014

How did we get into the Student Loan Mess?
For all of the words devoted to our student loan mess (or "crisis" or "bubble"), little has been written on its origins. We know that student loan debt now exceeds $1 trillion and that many young Americans are struggling with a heavy burden, but how things got that way is largely a mystery.... More »
November 12, 2014

Leisure studies: an academic field based on a utopian mistake?
With most academic fields, we know what they are about. Political science teaches about political systems and their workings; philosophy about how people have thought on questions such as ethics; literature courses have students read and contemplate worthwhile books.... More »
November 10, 2014

The Goucher College video app is a terrible idea
Back in the early 1990s, while I was in the middle of a long business career, I recall reading that the University of Pennsylvania had decided to add an unusual essay requirement for their undergraduate applicants. Specifically, the students were asked to submit “Page 217” of their 300-page autobiography. Remember now, these budding autobiographers were all of 17 years old.... More »
November 07, 2014

Student course evaluations aren't worth much, and there are better ways
One of the first books about the state of higher education that I read after coming to the Pope Center was Generation X Goes to College by Peter Sacks. The book was published in 1996 and in it, the author wrote about his first year of teaching at an unnamed college, one where most of the students had little intellectual interest or ability.... More »
November 05, 2014

The New York Times proposes a one-percent solution to the lack of college success
Eduardo Porter, who writes “The Economic Scene” for the New York Times, says our country’s higher education system is in crisis and that he has a solution.... More »
November 03, 2014

Three UNC schools will lower their SAT admission standards next fall
Three UNC schools will lower their SAT admission standards next fall... More »
October 31, 2014

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