With today’s Board of Governors meeting, the long-running tuition debate will enter its final stages, at least for this year. What students and board members alike must keep in mind at this juncture, however, is that this isn’t really a debate, at least not in the traditional sense of the word.
The two sides in this argument aren’t actually opposed, since their aim is, at bottom, the same: to come up with a plan that will best serve the people and the University of North Carolina.
And if the interests of the BOG and those of UNC’s students are the same, the disconnect between their opinions can only be blamed on a failure to communicate — or a failure to understand.
Now more than ever, students need to make it their business to be informed and vocal about tuition. We simply can’t afford to do otherwise.
For its part, the BOG must place special emphasis on understanding the human impacts of tuition increases. And no one can relay these concerns better than the students themselves.