Despite proposed changes to the way universities fund enrollment growth, UNC-system administrators say increasing enrollment may no longer be an option because of state funding cuts.
Bills in both the N.C. House of Representatives and Senate would require the system’s Board of Governors to amend the enrollment funding model used by campuses and implement a new one by 2012. The current model projects the number of credit hours taken by students each year.
The model has been scrutinized because of errors in the projection of student credit hours at individual campuses. N.C. Agricultural and Technical State University has overestimated student credit hours by more than 10 percent in the past.
By the Numbers
- 15 schools with errors in 08-09
- 2 errors of more than 10 percent
- $46.8 million enrollment funds for 2011-12
- 2,337 expected increase in students
But efforts to improve the accuracy of enrollment funding have coincided with a tough economic period for the state. Legislators have sought to cut spending rather than raise taxes to close a state budget shortfall of $2.4 billion.
Though the proposed state budget fully funds enrollment growth for universities, it includes a cut of $407 million in operational and financial aid funding for the system.