Tom Ross: Failure to invest in higher education will cost us our competitive edge (Audio)

Former University of North Carolina President Tom Ross is reflecting on his tenure as head of the 17-campus system and the future of higher education in America.

In an interview last week with NC Policy Watch’s Chris Fitzsimon, Ross voiced his concerns about the disinvestment in higher ed:

“We spend just slightly more money today in real dollars that we did 25 years ago, and yet enrollment has increased 60 percent during that period. So we’re actually spending more than 30 percent less, per student than we did 25 years ago,” explained Ross.

Ross says policymakers and the public must understand the connection between college, critical-thinking and America’s competitive edge.

Recent analysis finds that states have cut per-student spending for higher education by an average of 21 percent between fiscal years 2008 and 2014.

To hear an excerpt of Ross’ radio interview click below. A podcast of their full discussion (in which he shares his future plans) is available on the main Policy Watch website.

Ross will be succeeded in March by former Bush Education Secretary Margaret Spellings. Junius Gonzales is serving as the interim president of the UNC system.

Check Also

Nine days and counting down! Educators get ready for major march on the General Assembly

If you missed it over the weekend, be ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

It would take eight years to undo what an unconstitutionally-elected GOP super-majority did to votin [...]

The ACLU of North Carolina released a report last week examining the true cost of excessive court de [...]

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration want to move on from Special Cou [...]

When a 19-year old Garrard Conley was sent to a “conversion therapy” program in 2004, it wasn’t some [...]

The post Burr’s brief…and boxers appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

North Carolina’s dubious ranking of having the 10th highest rate of uninsured people in the nation c [...]

There are a lot of important public policy issues right now in North Carolina on which right and lef [...]

We know Sen. Phil Berger, perhaps the most powerful lawmaker in North Carolina politics, can speak. [...]