McCrory's call to alter higher education gets angry responsehttp://www.newsobserver.com/2013/01/29/2641893/mccrorys-call-to-revamp-higher.html#storylink=cpy
The governor joined Bennett in criticizing certain academic areas, such as gender studies and philosophy. When Bennett made a crack about women's and gender studies at nationally ranked UNC-Chapel Hill, McCrory said, "If you want to take gender studies that's fine, go to a private school and take it. But I don't want to subsidize that if that's not going to get someone a job."
McCrory spoke of mismatches in the current economy. He said North Carolina still has the fifth highest unemployment rate, yet employers can't find workers with the right skills.
"To me that means we have a major disconnect between the education establishment and commerce," he said to Bennett. "So I'm going to adjust my education curriculum to what business and commerce needs to get our kids jobs as opposed to moving back in with their parents after they graduate with debt."
Later in the interview, he said, "Right now I'm looking for engineers, I'm looking for technicians, I'm looking for mechanics."
Karey Harwood, associate professor of religious studies and women's and gender studies at N.C. State, said the vocational focus is short sighted.
"I don't know what kinds of jobs McCrory wishes for UNC graduates, but his comments certainly suggest that he has low expectations for UNC students and for the state of North Carolina, which is disappointing - and insulting," Harwood said.
The governor also used the academic scandal at UNC-CH involving athletes to drive his point.
"It's even hit our athletic departments. Sad to say, at Carolina, our great basketball program, they took Swahili on a night study course where they didn't have to do any work and got B-pluses," McCrory said. "What are we teaching these courses for if they are not going to help get a job."