COOPER: At other universities, tuition is a larger percentage of their budget, so they charge their students more. If you think about UVa. or Michigan or California, they’re kind of going through what we’re currently going through with our state legislature.
Basically, we are a state-supported university at the moment. Those schools are now describing themselves as state-assisted, so a much smaller portion of their total budget and revenue coming in is reliant on the state.
STUDENT: I think something that might be missing here is what the effects of a tuition increase are on the student body, and looking at universities that are peer institutions in terms of being public universities that have raised tuition. I think it’s really important to take into account that diversity in socioeconomic status and racial diversity has decreased in these universities because of tuition increases.
COOPER: I would love to hear the exact numbers on how the diversity has changed. I’ve been working with (interim director of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Terri Houston) and Provost (Bruce) Carney to answer a lot of these questions because it is important.
Cooper said a lot of students have voiced concern that the University is trying to find a quick fix to the budget shortfall.
She said UNC is already beginning to feel the effects of budget cuts and administrators are trying to fill that gap as quickly as possible to avoid sacrificing UNC’s standing as a top-tier public university.
Cooper sits on the tuition and fee advisory task force, which will vote Monday on a tuition proposal to present to the Board of Trustees.
“If there is a time for students to say what they believe, it is now,” Cooper said.
Today’s tuition forum will be held at 8 p.m. in Carroll 111.
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