At least 20 former members of the UNC-system Board of Governors have signed a petition urging current board members against approving tuition hikes.
The petition was overnighted Monday to board Chairwoman Hannah Gage three days before the board will convene and hear tuition-increase proposals from each UNC-system campus.
Bill Johnson, chairman of the board in the late 1970s, spearheaded the petition. He said the idea occurred to him after learning about the extent of the increases many universities were requesting.
“I became distressed because I thought tuition was already as much as a lot of kids and their parents could stand,” he said. “If we don’t slow down the process we’re going to make it more and more difficult for a lot of students to obtain an education.”
Despite vocal student protest, the UNC Board of Trustees approved a 40 percent tuition increase spanning five years for in-state students in November. Other UNC-system schools are also proposing hefty tuition increases to the board, which is expected to make its final decision in February.