Faced with a $3.5 billion state budget shortfall and an anticipated $54 million in cuts to the University, student government is seeking to measure just how much students think their bills should rise.
It is doing so by conducting an online survey that asks for students’ opinions on how they want the University to deal with imminent budget cuts. The survey was issued Monday and results will be collected through Dec. 1.
Student Body Vice President Holly Boardman said student government representatives plan to send out mass e-mails and make appearances in the Pit and lecture halls in the next few weeks, reminding students to give their input in the survey.
The questions are as follows:
- What is more important when considering your college experience, academic quality or affordability? Why?
- Do you feel that UNC has done a good job of absorbing budget cuts?
- Do you feel that Carolina can absorb further cuts?
- Do you believe that out-of-state students pay a fair share of tuition?
“We want to finally get an answer to the question of what students want to happen with tuition,” she said. “I think a lot of students care about tuition, and for the five minutes the survey takes, I think they’ll participate.”
The state legislature won’t reconvene until January, but Student Body Secretary Ian Lee said student government needs to prepare in order to make a compelling case in the face of steep budget cuts.