For last week's meeting of the UNC-system Board of Governors, member Willie Gilchrist proposed a resolution to hinder campus-based tuition increases for in-state students.
Passage of the resolution would have been a step in the right direction, as it took into account the interests of students at UNC-Chapel Hill and throughout the system. Unfortunately, the BOG failed to pass it.
The measure wasn't the best that it could have been - it was particularly flawed in that it wasn't intended to address nonresident tuition increases. But it still would have sent General Assembly members a much-needed message: Students need a break from tuition increases.
UNC-system President Molly Broad recently recommended a 0 percent systemwide increase, and the BOG seems prepared to follow suit. But the BOG should consider taking the next step and voting down tuition hike scenarios coming from individual campuses - they will affect students just as negatively as any systemwide increases.
In a sense, these tuition debates are all academic. It will be up to state legislators to decide tuition policy. And remarks about the state budget by N.C. House Co-speaker Richard Morgan, R-Moore, indicate that tuition hikes could be coming, regardless of what the BOG or anyone else says.