The swell of student opposition to proposed tuition hikes has been lead by four main organizations, each with different views of which tuition plan is best for the University and the student body.
And though they can’t agree when it comes to dollars and percentages, in the end, their message is the same — students must have a greater say in tuition decisions.
“We want to set a precedent for student involvement,” said Joseph Terrell, director of internal relations for the Campus Y.
“Students have not been adequately included in the conversation — they’re not treated as stakeholders.”
The UNC-system Board of Governors will deliberate today and vote on tuition proposals Friday.
UNC-system President Thomas Ross has proposed a 13.5 percent tuition increase for UNC-CH, smaller than the 15.6 percent increase proposed by Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bruce Carney.
Kate Davis Jones, a member of the Education Justice Alliance, a coalition of organizations that formed in opposition to tuition hikes, echoed Terrell’s claims.
“It’s about building more of a student voice within the conversation,” she said.
“We want them to know that we’re listening and we’re not going to be passive as they pass these hikes,” Jones said.