Fluctuating tuition from UNC-CH’s peer institutions might soon have a bigger impact on the University.
The UNC-system Board of Governors will review peer institutions for schools in the UNC system in the spring, and administrators say this reevaluation might give more leeway in increasing tuition.
The board is in the process of reviewing the Four Year Tuition Plan, which was set in place in 2006 by UNC-system President Erskine Bowles. The plan, which expires this year, sets guidelines for tuition increases in the university system.
Recommendations for updating tuition policy
*Allowing campuses to increase tuition by a maximum of 10 percent in years when the state appropriations are less than 6 percent. The current cap is 6.5 percent.
*Reconsider using the bottom quarter of tuition rates of peer public institutions as benchmarks.
*Giving campuses increased discretion in setting non-resident tuition rates.
*Having different tuition models for different campuses.
*Having similar tuition rates for similar institutions with same teaching missions.
*Clearly defining the role of students in the tuition decision-making process.
*Charging students by credit hours on select, pilot campuses.
A recommendation made by a tuition task force prompts the board to discuss whether the UNC-system’s peer public institutions should continue to be used as benchmarks in setting tuition.
Board members said they don’t expect to stop using peer institutions as examples for setting tuition, but changes to the actual list of institutions is likely.