For the first time in weeks, the UNC-system Board of Governors did little to make the news.
Harry Smith, the Committee on Budget and Finance chairperson, said the 2015-16 budget allocations from the state legislature will include dollars to assist campuses in general administration — including enrollment change funding, management flexibility reduction, elimination of the academic summer bridge program, UNC-system smart funding and resident tuition for veterans.
Board member Marty Kotis voted against the new budget, citing concerns about the management flexibility reduction funds and how they are allocated. He said this encourages campuses to decrease education-related spending, resulting in a “race to the bottom.”
The motion to accept the budget carried, though board member Thom Goolsby also voted against it.
The board also approved a second item. As part of the 2015-16 capital improvement allocations, the general assembly gave $45 million for the three campuses in the UNC-system that had not received a specific project in the bond proposal: UNC-Asheville, UNC School of the Arts and Elizabeth City State University.
Zack King, president of the UNC-system’s Association of Student Governments and the only student member on the board, gave an address about his main concern for this school year: mental health.