You can read the interview here.
The main points:
- Employers can't find qualified candidates for jobs so the university system is broken. (Those darn kids can't read balance sheets and annual reports!)
- He praises liberal arts degress, but says that current liberal arts degrees are useless and that universities have "forgotten the liberal arts part" and that "gender studies" won't help you find a job. (I guess the "liberal arts" part doesn't include anything having to do with women, racial minorities or gays and a "job" doesn't include becoming a professor, historian, or researcher in liberal arts.)
- If taxpayers subsidize education, a priority should be areas where students are likely to get jobs. (By the way, jobs in engineering, computer science and business are the only ones that count.)
- Universities are too liberal and forget that their money came from businessmen with money. (Of course, many of those businessmen got their money on the backs of NC's working poor, but who cares about them?)
- He really wants to get rid of student debt! (Translation: He wants you to go out and get a "real job" so you can pay off your student debt instead of being a lazy hippie feminist queer welfare queen.)
- He could care less about what they say in the newspapers about him. (But he's a "news junkie" and a "reading junkie". Sorry, Pat, but reading press releases from Duke Energy and memos from Art Pope don't count as "news" or "reading".)
- He's doing a great job on education.
Oh, and they asked him what he learned today. Apparently Pat learned about coal ash and puppies.