The latest economic studies confirm what we’ve long known to be true: the economy needs more college graduates. We know because employers are paying an ever-larger premium for college-educated workers. “Yes, college is worth it, and it’s not even close,” writes economics columnist David Leonhardt. “For all the struggles that many young college graduates face, a four-year… READ MORE
The $21 billion budget passed this week by the N.C. House would provide state University faculty with a $1,000 raise, unlike the budget passed by the N.C. Senate. But it also cuts an additional $19.8 million from the University system and diverts $19 million from future financial aid for students. The House budget reflects a… READ MORE
The $21.2 billion budget proposal for 2014-15 approved last week by the NC Senate spares North Carolina’s University and Community College systems many of the cuts proposed in Gov. Pat McCrory’s budget recommendation. “It does no harm to our University system and community colleges, and for once they get more funds than they got last… READ MORE
Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal reported that forty states have raised their investments in higher education. Nationally, support for public colleges and universities rose by an average of 6% in 2013-14. “State Funding for Colleges Rebounds,” proclaimed the WSJ. But not in North Carolina. Our state joined Louisiana and West Virginia, among a few others, in… READ MORE
58 community colleges in North Carolina, making it the third largest system in the United States by number of colleges. 28: the average age of a community college student in North Carolina. 830,000 students enrolled in a North Carolina community college during 2012-2013. That’s about one out of every nine state citizens over 17. 90%
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The Milken Institute and the Pew Research Center have released studies that help make the economic argument for supporting public higher education in North Carolina. The Milken report, “A Matter of Degrees: The Effect of Educational Attainment on Regional Economic Prosperity,” found that: Education increases regional prosperity. Adding one year to the average years of… READ MORE