Higher Education

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During the Great Recession, 48 states cut spending on higher education, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. That funding has not rebounded. North Carolina colleges and universities lost 25 percent in state funds since 2008. South Carolina schools lost about 40 percent. To make up for those cuts schools are charging students a variety of special fees.

The Cost Of Higher Education

Sep 1, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Among the 16 campuses in the UNC system, tuition and fees for in-state students have nearly doubled in the last decade. WFAE News is exploring the topic all week and we join the effort to find out why college costs so much.  

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Six years ago, a group of young women were picked to take part in a special program. The girls were all in the seventh grade, all were Latinas, and all were deemed to be at risk of dropping out of school or becoming pregnant. The program is run by a volunteer group called Circle de Luz. And last week the group – and the young women they mentored – had reason to celebrate

Wingate University President Will Retire In May 2015

Apr 22, 2014
Courtesy of Wingate University

Wingate University President Jerry McGee is stepping down in May 2015. 

McGee has served as president of the Union County school for more than 22 years and oversaw major changes during his time as University president – including its transition from a college to a university.

Duncan McFadyen

Johnson C. Smith University has received about $1 million this month for a scholarship fund that helps students pay the difference between their financial aid and tuition.

Courtesy of Belmont Abbey College

Belmont Abbey College is taking a step toward a financial model where tuition alone covers operating expenses.  Belmont Abbey’s President Bill Thierfelder says the college will cut $1 million in administrative costs to get closer to that goal. 

He says right now the college like many others spends too much on departments that tend to function in their own silos. 

Tasnim Shamma

Johnson C. Smith University President Ron Carter is urging the Department of Education to reconsider changes to the Federal Parent PLUS loan. Carter blames those changes for the school's recent three million dollar budget cut.

UNC Charlotte Places 13th At Solar Decathlon

Oct 14, 2013
Carol Anna/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

UNC Charlotte's solar house, UrbanEden, placed 13 out of 19th in the 2013 Solar Decathlon in Irvine, Calif., that ended this past weekend, but the team went home with the People's Choice Award.

Team Austria won first place in the competition, the University of Nevada Las Vegas won second and the Czech Republic won third. 

USC Proposes 3-Year Tuition Freeze

Sep 19, 2013
University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina's president is asking South Carolina lawmakers to make a deal with him.

USC president Harris Pastides says he'll freeze tuition for three years if the state gives USC more money to pay for the college's operating expenses.

South Carolina College Cuts Tuition By 43 Percent

Sep 11, 2013
Converse College

A women's college in South Carolina is reducing undergraduate tuition by 43 percent. That means tuition at Converse College in Spartanburg  will be $16,500 a year. It's currently about $29,000. College president Betsy Fleming says the move is in response to growing concern about rising tuition.

"I hope that this move will change the course and conversation in higher education, moving away from a high tuition, high discount model to a lower tuition that actually represents cost," Fleming says.