The task force began their meeting by reviewing the most recent report from the Student Fee Advisory Subcommittee.
They also discussed the two fees not recommended for approval — the $5 proposed increase in undergraduate admissions fees and a $1,000 instrument management fee for graduate students in dentistry. The task force agreed to put off voting on fee and tuition proposals for the 2017-2018 school year until their next meeting, because they are awaiting SFAS’s recommendations concerning fee requests from the graduate school and the undergraduate business school.
Provost Jim Dean, co-chairperson of the task force, said faculty retention is a major issue for people in his position. Attempts to lure faculty away can involve large pay increases, he said.
Dean said next year will see no increases in tuition for returning in-state students.
“For students that are non-residents, we have the opportunity to increase tuition, and for new undergraduate students, students who will be first-years next year, we have the...only opportunity, to raise tuition on that class,” he said.
Sandra Hoeflich, associate dean of the Graduate School, raised questions about why Vice Provost Steve Farmer made his proposal to raise the undergraduate application fee by $5, which was not recommended for approval by SFAS, largely because Dean said it would make UNC’s application fee higher than every college in the nation except Stanford.
“Perhaps Steve needs the resources that would come from some sort of increase, and if it’s not the whole $5, maybe it could be some part of it,” she said. “Not having been in any of the conversations about why he wanted that increase, and what his thoughts were — he’s a very thoughtful man.”
When are they meeting again?
The Tuition and Fee Advisory Task Force is meeting again on Nov. 2, when they will determine tuition and fee recommendations for the 2017-2018 school year.