Plans for the meeting, which was held on campus in Carroll Hall, were put together hastily and finalized Tuesday evening, Cooper said.
Students at the meeting said they want to have more of a voice in the decision and a vote in Friday’s tuition increase decision.
But Ross said students have had an opportunity to provide their insight on tuition.
“There will be some people on both sides that aren’t happy,” Ross said.
He encouraged students to participate in the tuition discussion by communicating at the campus level and by sending emails to members of the board.
“I don’t know if it will have a difference if they vote,” he said. “But the board is trying hard to make sure students have a voice.”
He said students also have a representative on the board to whom they can relay their concerns.
Atul Bhula, the president of the Association of Student Governments, is the sole non-voting student member of the board.
Students also voiced their opposition to steep tuition hikes that have been proposed by most of the UNC-system campuses.
Ross made his own tuition increase proposal to the board last week, calling for all in-state undergraduate tuition and fee proposals to not exceed a 9.9 percent increase.
Ross’ proposal, if passed by the board at its Feb. 10 meeting, would be $105 less per in-state undergraduate at UNC-CH than what the University proposed, totalling $2.3 million less in overall revenue for the University.
Senior Ana Maria Reichenbach, an international studies major who is also a member of Students for a Democratic Society, said she disagrees with the tuition proposals.
She said many students feel like they are running out of options to get their voices heard by the board.
“I am really mad that this process is shutting out students,” she said. “Students need to come into this situation. (The board) needs to reach out to us.”
Ross said it might be possible to set up an open forum with board members, but students need to take the initiative and contact them first.
“I want to help and be available,” he said.
Laura McCready, a member of the Campus Y’s cabinet, said students need to have a bigger role in the tuition decision.
The system suffered a cut in state funding of 15.6 percent, or $414 million, last year, and some administrators feel the campuses’ needs might only be met through tuition increases.
“It is not going to fill a hole, but we hope to put band aids on the deepest bleeding,” Ross said.
McCready said she is glad Ross took the time to meet with the students.
“It is absurd how little students participate in the process.”
But she said that while she likes Ross’ tuition proposal better than the University’s, his proposed 9.9 percent increase will still hurt many in-state undergraduates.
“We need to think harder about who bears the brunt of the budget cuts,” McCready said.
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