UNC-system president Thomas Ross announced Friday a plan for long-term savings that would help the system cope with losing millions more in state funding.
Ross said at the UNC-system Board of Governors meeting that Jim Woodward, former chancellor of UNC-Charlotte, would be conducting a review of the system’s academic programs in search of “unnecessary duplication.”
As the University system faces potential reductions of up to 15 percent, or $405 million, whole departments and programs could be eliminated.
“It will be difficult to preserve academic excellence and profitability,” Ross said.
Woodward would examine academic programs on all college campuses to see which ones the system could do without while maintaining its mission of offering higher education opportunities to all North Carolinians.
“With 17 campuses, we don’t really know where the duplication is,” Ross said. “It’s premature to speculate.”
He said the economic crisis has forced the system to restructure and reorganize its resources.
Woodward was chosen to lead the review based on his prior accomplishments, among other factors.
“Woodward is someone who has a great deal of experience and respect with the general public,” Ross said. “He is a really thoughtful person.”