U.S. lags in a global competition for talent


Across the world, countries from Norway to Japan have been making generational leaps in college completion. In Ireland, barely 24% in the 55-64 age group have earned a degree after high school.  Yet nearly 51% of those 25-34 have a degree. In South Korea, progress has been even more remarkable.  Just 17% of the older… READ MORE

Let’s sustain NC’s lead in higher education


Like other students across the country, students at North Carolina’s public universities have seen state support reduced and tuition increase since the Great Recession. Yet because of North Carolina’s tradition of generous state support, state funds here remain almost $2,000 more per student than the average across the nation – and tuition at our public… READ MORE

Tuition Cap: Legislators must replace lost revenue


RALEIGH – A bill backed by state Senate leaders that would cap tuition at five North Carolina universities at $1,000 a year deserves praise for attempting to limit costs for students and their families. But unless legislators commit to provide incremental revenue to replace lost tuition dollars at the five universities, they could cripple the… READ MORE

McCrory budget: A bonus won’t cut it


RALEIGH – “The state of North Carolina cannot function without a strong, motivated workforce,” Gov. Pat McCrory said as he presented his proposed 2016-17 budget to state legislators last week.1 If that’s the case, the governor and legislators need to do better by the state’s university and community college faculty than the one-time 3% bonus… READ MORE

Connect NC bonds would fill critical STEM needs


By Susan D. DeVore President & CEO, Premier, Inc. Trustee, UNC Charlotte According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare represents our nation’s largest and fastest growing employment sector, generating close to 20 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), and projected to increase 10.8 percent, adding 15.6 million more jobs, by 2022. By and… READ MORE