In a proposed budget going before the UNC-system Board of Governors, system President Molly Broad has recommended that there be a systemwide 0 percent tuition increase.
The suggestion not to implement a systemwide increase is the best proposal for BOG members to go with. The potential to apply downward pressure on legislators' tuition policy outweighs any gains to be made by trying to outguess them.
The proposal might, at least, lead to low tuition increases and, at best, encourage legislators to hold tuition for the next year. Either will be helpful to public university students throughout the state.
Broad was sent two proposals by a divided Tuition Task Force - either forgo a systemwide increase or raise tuition systemwide by 2.2 percent. The latter proposal should be enough of a "guideline" for legislators should they need one later.
But if campaign statements mean anything, a 0 percent increase proposed by the BOG will have Governor Mike Easley's support.