McCrory wants NC college focus on in-demand jobs

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory says he's determined to get North Carolina's public university system focused on teaching what's economically useful.

McCrory's comments Tuesday on conservative pundit Bill Bennett's national radio show come as the 17-campus University of North Carolina system develops a five-year plan with the state facing high unemployment and struggling businesses.

McCrory said he supports vocational training. He criticized what he called an "educational elite" and UNC-Chapel Hill specifically for offering courses in subjects like gender studies that don't lead to jobs.

The Republican governor said his staff is preparing legislation that changes how higher education is funded, to include measuring how many graduates can get jobs.

UNC-Chapel Hill faculty chairwoman Jan Boxill says education is not only technical training, and employers demand students with problem-solving and communication skills.

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