Category: Higher Education

  • UNC Board of Governors leader: Everything is fine

    The relationship between the University of North Carolina’s president and Board of Governors is strong, not strained, the board’s leading member said after the withdrawal of UNC President Margaret Spellings’ nominee for the open chancellorship at Western Carolina University. The statement follows a July 12 board…

  • WCU chancellor search reveals rift between Spellings, BOG

    The search for a new chancellor at Western Carolina University is exposing a growing and contentious divide between the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors and UNC President Margaret Spellings. On July 12, the full board was slated to vote on a nominee for…

  • N.C. retains AAA bond rating even with tax cap amendment on ballot

    A constitutional amendment capping the state’s top income tax rate at 7 percent didn’t seem to spook national bond-rating agencies, state Treasurer Dale Folwell said. The three agencies recently reaffirmed the state’s AAA bond rating. Folwell made the announcement about the bond rating Wednesday, July 11.

  • How will the workforce change? 

    I think a lot about the job market this time of year. This is because of all the graduations of high school and college seniors, and the fact many of them will be looking for their first full-time job.    It’s a cliché to say these young people will be entering…

  • Scholarship program is a worthwhile investment 

    Debate over the impact of the Opportunity Scholarship Program was renewed recently when N.C. State researchers Anna Egalite, D.T. Stallings, and Stephen Porter published a study that found “large positive impacts associated with voucher usage in North Carolina.”    Their working paper is actually the fourth published analysis of the…

  • Note to lawmakers: Don’t mess things up 

    Starting in 2011, North Carolina lawmakers have implemented transformational changes resulting in a strong and growing economy. More people are working, more opportunities are available, and a streamlined, more efficient state government is treating residents more fairly and equitably.    We’ve come a long way. Don’t mess it up.   Faced with a $2.6 billion shortfall in 2011, legislative leadership…

  • Incoming UNC board Chairman Smith shuffles leadership posts

    The University of North Carolina’s governing board is shuffling its leadership. UNC announced new committee appointments for the Board of Governors on June 27. Three of the board’s six standing committees will retain their current leaders. Committee appointments are for the 2018-2019 year and are…