UNCG more college graduates will boost economy, UNCG UNC schools increased tuition and health care, Other people's money mentality, College graduates cannot find jobs

UNCG more college graduates will boost economy, UNCG UNC schools increased tuition and health care, Other people’s money mentality, College graduates cannot find jobs

“Guilford (Large NC County) appears on it’s way to a third consecutive year with annual jobless rates in double digits. Economists say that likely hasn’t happened since the Great Depression.”…Greensboro News Record December 2, 2011

“…and Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They [socialists] always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.”…Margaret Thatcher

“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. His heart sank as he thought of the enormous power arrayed against him, the ease with which any Party intellectual would overthrow him in debate, the subtle arguments which he would not be able to understand, much less answer. And yet he was in the right! They were wrong and he was right. The obvious, the silly, and the true had got to be defended. Truisms are true, hold on to that! The solid world exists, its laws do not change. Stones are hard, water is wet, objects unsupported fall towards the earth’s centre. With the feeling that he was speaking to O’Brien, and also that he was setting forth an important axiom, he wrote:

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984”

More PP, pedagogy platitudes from the Obama crowd, the folks who thrive on spending other people’s money.

From the Greensboro News Record July 8, 2012.

“Success comes down to a matter of degrees”

“UNCG officials say helping more people finish college will boost area’s economic vitality”

“Guilford County needs more people like Greta Germino . Lots of them.

Next spring, Germino — a 33-year-old single mom who dropped out of college at 19 — will finally graduate.

Getting a nutrition degree should help Germino financially.

“I decided to go back because I value education and I know you need a degree in this economy,” she said. “I could always make more money. Who couldn’t?”

Germino’s return to college also will help the local economy, provided that thousands of other Guilford residents join her in completing degrees they started but never finished.

Increasingly, economists, educators and business leaders have focused on the link between a community’s economic vitality and its college attainment rate.

Research shows that for every 1 percent a region improves its attainment rate, its per capita income jumps $763.

“It’s all about skills — who has them and who doesn’t,” said Dewayne Matthews , a vice president at the Lumina Foundation for Education in Indianapolis. “A lot of people knew that skills mattered, but it was not something that people focused on.”

Since the onset of the recession, that has changed.

And now that focus has come to Guilford County.

A group of UNCG officials want to significantly boost the county’s college attainment level in the coming years, a move they believe will significantly help the area’s struggling economy.

On Sept. 11 , they will call together 40 to 50 government, education and foundation leaders to look for ways to encourage people like Germino to go back to school and get their degrees.

“This is an economic thrust to help this community thrive,” said Steve Roberson , UNCG’s dean of undergraduate studies , who pushed the idea of the gathering. “We have to become known as a destination city for economic development. I don’t know any better way to do it.””

“Winners include such places as the Raleigh metro area, where 41 percent of residents have a college degree. The Charlotte region has a rate of 32.2 percent , which is about the national average for all metros.

But the Greensboro-High Point metro area, a three-county area that includes Guilford, Rockingham and Randolph counties, comes in at just 25.6 percent , well behind the rate for the nation and its two largest neighbors.”

“Initially, UNCG officials want local leaders to focus their efforts on Guilford County, which has a college attainment rate of nearly 42 percent , slightly above the national average.

Guilford’s rate far outpaces those of its metro partners, Randolph (22.3 percent) and Rockingham (21.8 percent).”

“Currently, Guilford has more than 67,000  people who started degrees but never finished college. That’s about 21 percent  of the work force.”


More college graduates will boost the economy of UNCG & other colleges. I am in favor of reality based education with real world based goals. However we are fundamentally funding college degree, ideological indoctrination mills.

What we need is less government and more entrepreneurs to create jobs.

The argument put forward in this article is flawed on several levels. First, and most hypocritical is their concern for people getting an education while they have spent like drunken sailors in recent years and raised both tuition and healthcare costs. I spoke to a UNCG student this morning who was just hit with the large healthcare cost increase on top of the tuition increase. He works and uses student loans to support his family. This is creating a hardship.

From Citizen Wells February 12, 2012.

“Amid chants of protest from about 100 students, the UNC Board of Governors this morning approved President Tom Ross’ proposal for tuition and
fee hikes over the next two years.

Ross’ plan would raise tuition by an average of 8.8 percent across the system and keeps increases below 10 percent on every campus.

UNCG’s in-state undergraduates would see a $423, or 7.5 percent, increase in tuition and fees under Ross’ plan. Trustees had sought an increase of 7.8

“The state mandates that at least 25 percent of the money from the tuition dollars go toward financial aid for needy students. Some board members recently have spoken out about that requirement, saying it essentially calls for students, who themselves may be struggling, to subsidize the education of other students.”

“Welcome to the world of socialism, redistribution of wealth. In a way I am glad this is happening. A real world example of taking from the “rich” and giving to the “poor.””


From Citizen Wells May 2, 2012.

“Obama spoke recently at UNC, The University of NC, and presented more of his Orwellian lies about education costs and helping students.

Obama and the Democrats have a problem in NC.

UNC system schools recently announced tuition increases.

The unemployment rate in NC is among the highest in the nation. Those about to  graduate face bleak prospects.

And despite Obama’s lies about Obama Care reducing the cost of health care, UNC students just found out that their health care insurance is increasing significantly.”

“On top of rising tuition and fees, those UNC system students who buy the university-sponsored health insurance plan will face steep premium increases in the next academic year.

The cost of health insurance will climb from a range of $61 to $77 monthly to a range of $118 to $133 monthly, according to a memo sent from UNC President Tom Ross to the UNC Board of Governors. On an annual basis, most students will pay about $500 to $700 more in 2012-13, depending on the campus.”


UNCG officials are urging people to graduate from college to boost the local economy. How does that square with the following.

From the Greensboro News Record June 18, 2012.

“It’s not often that our part of the world comes in first in anything . But economist Don Jud has found an example. And it’s a biggie.

In recent months, Jud says, the Greensboro-High Point metro area has far outpaced state and national averages for employment growth in goods production.

That means companies in Guilford, Rockingham and Randolph counties, which make up the local metro area, are hiring people to make stuff.

“That’s the best news I know,” Jud said.

But there’s just one problem: Jud and others can’t say with any certainty why we’re doing so much better than everyone else.

“I think I have spotted a trend,” said Jud, who defined goods-producing jobs as those in construction and manufacturing. “Why it is ongoing and how likely it is to continue, I really don’t know.”

Jud said that from April 2011 to April 2012, goods-producing employment in the area increased 6 percent. That compares to a 1.8 percent growth rate nationally and just 0.2 percent for North Carolina.

During those 12 months, Jud said, employment in the local metro has grown by 5,200 jobs, with more than 75 percent of that coming from the goods-producing sector.

Area people involved in economic development welcomed the surge.”


I began as a math major at UNCG and lucked into computer software elsewhere. Has math and logic changed there?

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