Under the Dome

University honchos huddle on the future of higher education

A retreat for top administrators at UNC-Chapel Hill featured leaders from the two big rival research universities down the road.

Duke University President Richard Brodhead and N.C. State University Chancellor Randy Woodson were speakers on the agenda of a retreat Wednesday at the Carolina Inn hosted by UNC-CH Chancellor Holden Thorp. The daylong event was attended by deans and administrators in Thorp's cabinet.

Brodhead, a former English professor, spoke on the future of humanities while Woodson, a plant scientist, spoke about NCSU's plans and collaborations at the university, according to the agenda.

Thorp's topic was "The Case for Public Higher Education."

Also on the agenda was Charlie Clotfelter, a professor of public policy and of economics and law at Duke. He's the author of "Big-Time Sports in American Universities."


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Unfortunately this entry is light on facts. There is much to discuss on the future, not necessarily on the future of higher education, but on the future of universities as we know them. Belt tightening must come as it did in europe thirty years ago. Already many of the luxary disciplines like english and black studies have had to lure students by offering hyper-inflated grades. This has resulted in glut of unemployable grads in these areas. The salaries of faculty in these luxury fields cannot be sustained at relatively minor universities like unc. Europe has long since limited large scale research to only the elite schools - we must follow.

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