UNC President Margaret Spellings got the red carpet treatment Wednesday at N.C. State University on the latest stop of her statewide tour of the system she now leads.
Buried deep in last year’s state appropriations bill is one of the most potentially significant, and potentially destructive, proposals in the history of public higher education in this state. Working under the seemingly innocuous title of “The North Carolina Guaranteed Admissions Program,” this legislation would in reality threaten to widen the already large gap in access and achievement for North Carolina’s least privileged, and her most advantaged, population groups.
“Hurry Up!!!,” the online posting said. “Spot Admissions” to Western Kentucky University. Scholarships of up to $17,000 were available, it added. “Letter in one day.” The offer, by a college recruiter based in India, was part of a campaign so enticing that more than 300 students swiftly applied to a college that many had probably never heard of.