Higher Education

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. 

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.  

Northeastern-Charlotte Doubles Graduate Programs

May 9, 2013
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.

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.

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.

Mountain State Closes Hickory, Mooresville Campuses

Dec 18, 2012
Courtesy of Mountain State University

A university based in West Virginia with branches in Hickory and Mooresville is closing. Mountain State University will have its final graduation ceremony of its almost-80-year history on Wednesday evening at the school's main campus in Beckley, West Virginia. The school has been fighting to keep its accreditation since June. That’s when the Higher Learning Commission found the school was focused on increasing enrollment rather than providing students with academic support. Andrew Wessels is the public relations manager for the school.

Duncan McFadyen

UNC Charlotte’s Student Government Association is meeting November 29 to discuss gender-neutral housing. The proposal would ask school administrators to allow students to choose roommates of the opposite sex. The student group Campus Allies has been working for more than a year to get gender neutral housing at UNCC. Anthony Dondero is a transgendered member of the group. He chose to live off campus.

Belmont Abbey Cuts Sticker Price By $10,000

Nov 28, 2012
Courtesy of Belmont Abbey College

Tuition at the private Catholic college Belmont Abbey was set to rise by about 5 percent next year to $29,000. Instead, the school announced Wednesday that it's actually going to lower tuition for incoming and transfer students by $10,000.  

It's what some colleges have begun to call a "tuition reset." A few colleges and universities have announced drastic tuition cuts.

While some want to boost enrollment numbers, Belmont Abbey's president Bill Thierfelder wants to match tuition the actual cost of a student attending the college.