The University’s proposal to raise in-state tuition by 15.6 percent next year will likely pass through the budget, finance and audit committee of the Board of Trustees today.
Students and administrators alike have said they are dissatisfied with the plan, but Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bruce Carney said he expects the proposal to be approved by the full board Thursday without changes.
Sallie Shuping-Russell, trustee and chairwoman of the finance committee, said she will support the University-backed proposal.
But some students, angry and frustrated by the proposal, won’t accept tuition increases lying down.
Members of Students for a Democratic Society, some of whom protested the tuition and fee advisory task force meeting Monday, distributed flyers in the Pit on Tuesday in preparation for today’s planned march to the committee meeting at the Carolina Inn.
If approved, the University’s plan would impose a $2,800 increase on in-state tuition during the next five years.
Carney, who drafted the proposal, said this year’s tuition debate was unique because Cooper drafted a well-researched proposal.
“It has been unusual to see this particular format,” he said.
Carney said while Cooper’s proposal merited consideration, it wasn’t received far enough in advance to be sufficiently deliberated. He said Cooper’s policy prioritized affordability rather than maintaining the University’s high quality.