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North Carolina's Process for Approving For-Profit Colleges Is Anticompetitive
State authorization policies govern the approval of new schools and degree programs; many of the affected institutions are for-profit, vocational, and online schools. North Carolina is one of several states called out in a recent American Enterprise Institute report for having cumbersome, ineffective authorization policies. The report offers several solid proposals that, if implemented, would reduce for-profit schools' regulatory burden and open the door for new innovators seeking to expand in the Tar Heel State.... More »
October 12, 2015

Higher Education Is Changing, and So Must "Shared Governance"
William G. Bowen and Eugene M. Tobin, both former college presidents (Princeton and Hamilton, respectively) grasp the crucial fact that the good old days of higher education are gone. In their new book, Locus of Authority, they tackle the traditional shared governance system (that is, the division of responsibility between the administration and the faculty). That system needs to change because it is getting in the way of the flexibility that is now essential.... More »
October 09, 2015

Election 2016: Where the Democratic Candidates Stand on Higher Education
Higher education has already become an important issue in the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primary race. It should receive considerable attention in the first primary date, scheduled for October 13 on CNN. In general, Democrats have been more specific and more vocal about their higher education plans than the Republicans. This is nothing new; higher education has long been a favored interest group and source of power for Democrats.... More »
October 07, 2015

It's Time to Clear Up the Impending Confusion in UNC Admissions Standards
This year the North Carolina State Board of Education is lowering grading standards in all North Carolina high schools, while the College Board is rewriting the SAT to align with Common Core. Because of these two changes, it's imperative that UNC raise its minimum admission standards. And uncertainty surrounding the new SAT leaves GPA as the only potentially reliable measure. Raising the minimum required GPA to 3.0 for all 16 UNC institutions would preserve academic quality in the system and provide a clear, consistent standard for admissions officers to apply to incoming students.... More »
October 05, 2015

Free College for All Is Not the Best Way to Expand Access
"Free college" makes for a neat sound-bite in Democratic primaries. But turning higher education into another middle-class entitlement isn't going to improve outcomes, isn't going to promote economic mobility, and isn't going to encourage the kind of structural reforms that are long overdue.... More »
October 02, 2015

Actually, You Can Discharge Student Debts and the Feds Want to Make It Easier
It is common knowledge that students who have amassed large college debt burdens cannot discharge those debts through bankruptcy. That "knowledge," however, is not really the case—the laws are written to permit discharge of student loan debts in some cases. And, with the federal government pushing for broader interpretations of those laws, they are now an incentive for students to amass debt and then dump it on the taxpayers.... More »
September 30, 2015

Despite Its Big Spending, N.C.'s Higher Ed Budget Tackles Big Issues
The state's higher education budget is usually a mixed bag of "the good, the bad, and the ugly," and this year's is no exception. However, the legislature should be commended for addressing a number of important issues that traditionally have been neglected or overlooked.... More »
September 28, 2015

An End to the Textbook Racket?
The extent to which innovations such as open textbooks, textbook reserves, and skirting textbooks altogether and sticking to primary sources will disrupt the cartel-like textbook market is still unknown. But the speed at which new means of delivering written information are appearing suggests that textbook publishers' best days are behind them.... More »
September 25, 2015

"Publish or Perish" Isn't So Bad
Despite its flaws, the "publish or perish" systerm at least makes sure faculty members aren't total deadbeats.... More »
September 23, 2015

UNC-Chapel Hill's Defense of Controversial 9/11 Course Doesn't Hold Up
Given that the included content is overwhelmingly anti-American, that the course omits some of the most essential perspectives, and that the professor is a hard-left ideologue, the only proper conclusion can be that the course was crafted to present a biased picture. It is time for the Trustees of UNC-Chapel Hill to step up and end this politicized abuse of the curriculum. And in doing so, establish themselves as the voice of reason, since the administration seems incapable of proper judgment in many curricular matters.... More »
September 21, 2015

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