Tag:college

  • Friday Interview: Big Money’s Impact on College Football

    RALEIGH — It’s no secret that the world of college football involves huge amounts of money. In the recent book Billion-Dollar Ball: A Journey Through the Big-Money Culture of College Football, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Gilbert Gaul investigates the impact of that money on schools, teams, and players. During a…

  • Friday Interview: Ivory Tower Helps Erode American Values

    RALEIGH — Universities once served as repositories of knowledge. They were the defenders of civilization. Now, Dr. Jenna Robinson, president of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, says universities have turned away from that traditional role. Robinson addressed the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society earlier this year on the…

  • Friday Interview: Alternatives to the Four-Year College Plan

    RALEIGH — Tuition keeps rising, yet millions of young people continue to pursue college degrees. Defenders of a traditional degree say it’s the gateway to a successful career and life, and they bristle at any criticism of the system. But is it really all it’s cracked up to be? George…

  • Friday Interview: Positive UNC System Reforms

    RALEIGH — College students are heading home for the holidays, but the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors continues its work. The Pope Center for Higher Education Policy believes the BOG has plenty of opportunities to improve North Carolina’s 16-campus university system. Jane Shaw, president of the Pope Center,…

  • Friday Interview: Legislators Help Protect College Students’ Rights

    RALEIGH — Reforms in education, regulation, and the state tax code all generated bigger headlines. But the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is publicizing another accomplishment from the 2013 session of the N.C. General Assembly. Robert Shibley, senior vice president of FIRE, discussed the issue with Mitch Kokai for…

  • Friday Interview: Government Fuels Higher Education ‘Arms Race’

    RALEIGH — People of all political persuasions have identified significant problems plaguing the American system of higher education. President Obama outlined some reform ideas during a back-to-school tour of New York and Pennsylvania colleges. But Ohio University economist Richard Vedder, director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, believes…

  • Friday Interview: Kenneth Starr Tackles Higher Ed Challenges

    RALEIGH — As tuition costs climb, student loan debts accumulate, and recent graduates struggle to find jobs, more people are questioning whether the American system of higher education is working as well as it could. Kenneth Starr, president of Baylor University and well-known independent counsel for federal government investigations from…

  • Friday Interview: Targeting Higher Ed Student Loan Default

    RALEIGH — Student loan defaults continue to cause problems in this country. As recently as 2010, nearly 375,000 students defaulted within two years of beginning repayment. One idea put forward to address the issue involves assigning more responsibility for defaults to colleges and universities themselves. Jane Shaw, president of the…