I note an interesting juxtaposition of two higher education-related articles in the Aug. 16 edition: On the one hand, N.C. State Chancellor Randy Woodson in his Point of View, “ N.C. colleges worthy of investment,” suggests that public universities are worthy of the public’s financial support.
On the other hand, in the Sports story “ Moton signs NCCU contract extension through 2022,” we read that N.C. Central University, another public institution, has given its basketball coach a new contract extension worth a total of $2 million through 2022, along with a “courtesy” car benefit along with other unnamed “perks” as well.
The coach’s extension was awarded after NCCU Chancellor Debra Saunders White announced in April the elimination of 55 academic positions due to “budgetary constraints.”
Perhaps, we might be more inclined to “invest” in public institutions of higher education if we didn’t see such misplaced priorities as demonstrated at NCCU and other public institutions. Our schools need to stop worshiping at the altar of the university athletic programs while feigning academic poverty.
Perhaps “courtesy” cars should be given to hard-working professors and worthy administrators as well. Then perhaps we all might be more inclined to “invest.”
Philip A. Guzman