Higher Education

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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Education
4:10 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Mountain State Closes Hickory, Mooresville Campuses

Mountain State University will be closing its doors at the end of the year, including its Hickory and Mooresville campuses in North Carolina.
Credit 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.

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Local News
11:02 am
Thu November 29, 2012

UNC Charlotte Student Government Discusses Gender-Neutral Housing

UNC Charlotte student Anthony Dondero in front of the student union.
Credit 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.

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Education
10:55 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Belmont Abbey Cuts Sticker Price By $10,000

Credit 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.  

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