Higher Education

Local News
12:54 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

JCSU Gets More Than $1 Million For Scholarship Fund

Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C.
Credit 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.


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Local News
10:31 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Belmont Abbey College To Make $1 Million In Administrative Cuts

Credit 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. 

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Education
7:37 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

JCSU's Carter Pushes To Loosen Standards For Federal PLUS Loans

Congressman Mel Watt (D-12), talks about the "strange and marginal" connection between the mortgage foreclosures of 2008 and denial of Parent PLUS loans. "It was the housing meltdown that led to a number of these parents in a position where they did not qualify under the revised Parent PLUS standards," Watt says.
Credit 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.

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Solar Energy
4:30 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

UNC Charlotte Places 13th At Solar Decathlon

UNC Charlotte took home the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon People's Choice Award at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California on October 12, 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. 

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Education
5:45 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

USC Proposes 3-Year Tuition Freeze

President Harris Pastides asked state lawmakers for more funding for higher education during his annual state of the university address.
Credit 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.


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Education
4:38 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

South Carolina College Cuts Tuition By 43 Percent

Converse College president Betsy Fleming announced the school would reduce tuition by 43 starting next year.
Credit 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. 

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Local News
4:57 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Davidson College Announces On-Campus Pub And Coffeehouse

The Summit Coffee is run by two Davidson alums and brothers Tim and Brian Helfrich, Class of 2000 and 2007, respectively. A second branch, still unnamed, will be opening on Davidson's campus with a full-kitchen, this fall.
Credit Courtesy of Tim Helfrich

This fall, draft beer and wine will be served on the campus of Davidson College.  Students and administrators say it will provide a safe drinking environment for students, faculty and staff.  


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Education
5:33 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Northeastern-Charlotte Doubles Graduate Programs

Northeastern-Charlotte will be adding nine masters and two doctoral degree programs this fall. It currently offers eight masters programs.
Credit Northeastern University

Boston-based Northeastern University opened its Center City campus in January 2012 with eight masters programs. Now, the University is adding seven masters degrees and two doctoral degrees. The programs were approved two weeks ago by the UNC Board of Governors.

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The Party Line
2:03 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

McCrory Needs To Talk Like A Governor, Not A Candidate

New administrations have “growing pains,” especially those where the party in power changes. After running for governor for nearly five years, the McCrory administration appears to be falling into the “honeymoon” plague period that other administrations find themselves in.

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Interview
10:26 am
Thu January 24, 2013

App State Creates Ombuds Office To Resolve Professor-Student Conflicts

Big companies, government offices, and media outlets like NPR often have ombudsmen – they’re trained to handle complaints and to try to resolve disputes. And universities are no exception: NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, and Duke all have them. The latest UNC system school to create an ombudsman position is Appalachian State University in Boone. The school has appointed a long-time professor to set up the office, Jim Barnes. He’s been on the job since January 1. He says complaints last year about a professor factored into creating his position, but the idea had been discussed for a while.  Barnes talks to Morning Editon host Duncan McFadyen about getting the office off the ground.

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