Carolina Journal’s Kari Travis reports on comments by UNC President Margaret Spellings during a higher education conference in Texas.

Minority students are most likely to be locked out of college classrooms. That’s a problem for everyone who worries about the future of the American economy, she said. Students are already on a tough path, and universities shouldn’t add more roadblocks.

Many citizens, particularly those in rural areas, believe an advanced degree isn’t worth the money. That’s a false assumption, said Spellings. Fifty years ago, college was optional. Those days are long gone, since 70 percent of jobs today require more than a high school degree.

Interesting comments from the president.