Offsetting budget cuts has spurred a divide between administrators, with some leaning toward substantial tuition increases and others calling for alternate forms of action.
Former UNC-system President Dick Spangler said the University must maintain its low cost and high quality of education.
Spangler offered 10 recommendations to avoid raising tuition for in-state students at a panel discussion with four former UNC-system presidents and current president Thomas Ross earlier this month.
Former UNC-system President Dick Spangler’s 10 recommendations:
*Ending professor sabbaticals
*Limiting professors’ out-of-state travel
*Salary freezes for employees who earn more than $100,000 annually
*Eliminating administrative positions
*Transferring RN programs to community colleges
*Restricting scholarship funds for out-of-state students
*Raising tuition for out-of-state students
*Deferring athletic facilities and school expansions for two years
*Granting wealthy residents a tax break for supporting 10 students
*No academic program expansions
But while Spangler’s suggestions would cut costs in the short term, administrators say tuition increases are a more viable revenue source for universities’ long-term budgetary woes.
The system absorbed a state funding cut of 15.6 percent this year, and many universities are considering substantial tuition increase proposals to offset this $414 million shortfall.