Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers:
News and Observer, Raleigh, N.C., on state universities leading in affordability:
Amid all the turmoil of the last several years involving academic scandal and athletics, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has maintained a distinction, a No. 1 ranking, in an area that really matters.
The Princeton Review ranks it tops in the country in terms of being a “best value” in education. N.C. State University was fourth, and UNC-Asheville, UNC-Wilmington and Appalachian State also were mentioned as good value for what’s delivered. From the private side, to no one’s surprise in this state, Wake Forest, Duke and Davidson College ranked highly.
That UNC-CH can continue this distinction (a top ranking is almost predictable, for example, in the annual Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine) is a positive stroke for the university.
But let’s hope affluent trustees don’t use it as a taking-off point to advocate higher tuition and fees, in the name of not being too good a bargain.
There is no question, even among those who have rightly worried about the evidence of academic fraud and problems with men’s athletics that UNC-Chapel Hill has been, is and will continue to be a top educational institution. That it’s a bargain is all the better.
News & Record, Greensboro, N.C., on keeping teachers:
It takes two hours to drive from Greensboro to Salem, Va.
How many Guilford County teachers made that trip Friday or were on their way this morning?