The UNC-system Board of Governors met Friday in Chapel Hill to discuss how its strategic plan for the university system should address diversity and the rising cost of higher education.
The plan, which will be finalized by January 2017, will outline the Board’s goals for the UNC-system for the next five years. The plan’s focus on affordability, accessibility and student success echoes the goals UNC-system President Margaret Spellings laid out for the system in her inauguration speech Thursday.
The Board's Committee on Strategic Planning recently sent out a survey to UNC-system schools to solicit feedback for the plan. The survey was distributed to various students, faculty, staff and members of the boards of trustees at each institution.
J. Craig Souza, vice chairperson for the Strategic Planning Committee, said in the meeting there have been over 2,500 responses to the survey.
Harry Smith, a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, said universities should be given more independence in working toward increased affordability.