by Jane S. Shaw
The Pope Center has long argued that instead of expanding enrollment in the UNC system, standards should be kept high and students who aren’t ready to attend a four-year college should go to a community college. So we were pleased to see that the North Carolina House of Representatives has proposed an idea along these lines. As Duke Cheston discusses in a Charlotte Observer op-ed, the “NC GAP” proposal, if adopted by the full General Assembly, would send 1,500 students who otherwise would have been contingently admitted to a UNC school to community colleges. Oh, and state money would go with them. That doesn’t make UNC exactly ecstatic, but it’s good for taxpayers.