During his State of the State address Monday night, Gov. Pat McCrory named education as one of his three areas of key focus.
But despite this proclamation, McCrory didn’t seem all that interested in the subject.
Of course, he discussed the need for education to meet the demands of employers. He alluded to a gap between employer needs and worker skills that surely education plays some role in filling.
Beyond that, McCrory’s perception of the role of higher education in the state had little to do with education per se.
State colleges and universities were described in a primarily business-oriented way. McCrory spoke of bringing universities together to “maximize research funding” and bringing “university heads on (business) recruiting trips.”