EDUCATION

Cooper announces picks for new UNC commission

Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday announced his appointments for his new Governor's Commission on the Governance of Public Universities in North Carolina – and it’s a bipartisan group.

UNC System enrollment drops prompt funding request

Facing steep enrollment declines, UNC System officials plan to ask lawmakers next year for additional funding help for three campuses where the drop in students has been particularly sharp.

House panel looks to change school calendars

One of the most active interim legislative committees this year has been the House Select Committee on An Education System for North Carolina's Future. It’s held hearings all over the state and heard presentations on a broad range of education issues.

Bell to join Cooper's UNC commission

House Majority Leader John Bell has agreed to serve on Gov. Roy Cooper’s new commission exploring possible changes to UNC System governance.

Cooper creates commission to consider UNC board changes

Ever since the legislature created a board to oversee the state’s university system in the 1970s, it has given itself the power to appoint every single member of the UNC Board of Governors.

New UNC funding model addresses declining enrollment

Facing flat and in some cases declining enrollment numbers, UNC System leaders are developing a new model for funding universities that are less dependent on enrollment numbers.

Accountants want more K-12 curriculum

Should accounting be considered part of the state’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum?

'Digital equity' grants launch with budget funding

Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration outlined details of a new “digital equity” grant program on Tuesday. The initiative seeks applications from state agencies that want to use a share of $24 million in federal American Rescue Plan dollars.

UNC looks to new uses for its RTP property

The UNC Board of Governors voted last week to add 111 acres of prime real estate in Research Triangle Park to its “millennial campus” designation that paves the way for public-private partnership development.

School panic alarms coming soon

The N.C. Division of Emergency Management is making progress on a school panic alarm program after a series of delays.

Esports taking off at UNC Greensboro

UNC Greensboro is rapidly becoming a hub for esports since opening its new esports arena back in April, attracting around 260 students a day to the high-tech facility.

McCrory blasts Stith ouster at community colleges

After a bruising Senate primary defeat, former Gov. Pat McCrory has been spending the summer swimming in the cool waters of Lake James. He recently took a break from the lake to talk about economic development, higher education and the state of politics with my Business North Carolina colleague David …

DPI proposes new middle-school career coaches

Should eighth-graders start thinking about their career options? The N.C. Department of Public Instruction plans to ask the legislature to fund career development coaches in middle schools. The idea isn’t to force 13-year-olds to decide whether they’d rather be an attorney or an electrician, but education officials think kids would …

UNC's new online degree initiative could launch next year

About 68% of North Carolina residents earning a college degree online are doing so at an out-of-state institution. That could soon change as the UNC System launches a new initiative next year that will compete with online higher education powerhouses like Arizona State and Southern New Hampshire University.

Leandro hearing highlights Supreme Court partisan divide

Wednesday’s N.C. Supreme Court oral arguments in the Leandro education funding case could be a bit hard to follow if you hadn’t seen previous installments of the long-running legal drama. Attorneys and justices frequently referenced earlier hearings and rulings from years ago as “Leandro 1” and “Leandro 2” as if …