Members of the UNC-system Board of Governors managed to find some positive items for discussion while continuing their grim talks about the impact of unprecedented budget cuts.
The board elected a new chancellor and honored a professor for exceptional humanitarian work, among discussion of rankings and records of UNC-system schools.
“Every North Carolinian deserves an education through UNC,” said UNC-system President Thomas Ross.
This will undoubtedly become more difficult to achieve with rising tuition costs and budget cuts, he said.
“This is not a budget crisis we blame anybody for,” Ross said. “We want to do everything we can to protect the University from permanent damage.”
A 15 percent cut in state funding would eliminate 3,200 overall positions, 1,500 faculty positions, 9,000 course sections and 240,000 class seats system-wide.
“If we have cuts of 15 percent, I think we all understand the quality of UNC will be diminished,” said UNC-system Board of Governors Chairwoman Hannah Gage.
Students will suffer as professors would not have the time or the resources to individualize attention, Ross said.
“Students tell me about not being able to get the courses they need to graduate,” he said. “Students are forced to drop out of school because of tuition increases.