The governing body of the UNC system is giving universities more leeway in how they handle outside offers for their faculty.
Faculty members previously had to submit a letter proving that they had received an offer from another university.
But the Board of Governors decided to revise the policy at its meeting earlier this month, allowing each school to determine the level of proof that faculty will have to provide.
Burley Mitchell, a member of the board, said the administrative change will make UNC-system schools more competitive in keeping outstanding faculty.
“This move will allow us to retain the top faculty,” he said. “And let the not-as-top faculty go.”
The board’s policy change comes after the UNC system retained only 37 percent of faculty who received job offers from other universities last year.
The system’s faculty-retention fund, which helps schools retain faculty who have received outside offers, has lost more than $9 million since 2006.
Universities absorbed a state funding cut of 15.6 percent this year, and faculty have not received state pay raises in three years.
Suzanne Ortega, senior vice president for academic affairs for the system, wrote in an email that the move will begin to improve the system’s retention rates.