CORRECTION: Due to a reporting error, the original version of this story misspelled Dwayne Pinkney's last name and misrepresented his title.
The UNC-system Board of Governors' Funding Model Task Force met on Tuesday to discuss UNC’s
UNC-system President Margaret Spellings said that the meeting was not about deciding which levels of funding were appropriate.
“This is about how we will use those investments in ways that support our goals and our priorities, so this is a task force about choice,” Spellings said.
Spellings said that states like Tennessee have almost entirely switched to a
“It’s not necessarily a bad thing that we’re a littler later to the party, because we can learn from their mistakes,” Spellings said. “It’s time to, as I like to say, put our money where our mouths are.”
Senior Vice President for Finance and Budget of UNC General Administration Jonathan Pruitt said one of the strengths
“Campuses receive funding concurrently to student enrollment,” Pruitt said.
“So it's not always clear to the (
There are multiple weaknesses with their current funding model, including the fact that the enrollment model is not based
“The model is the same for each campus type, so there's no distinction between research and baccalaureate institutions other than the student credit hours or the programs they offer, and they have their salaries on campus,” Pruitt said.
He also said there had been some changes to the model over the past 20 years, for instance, the general fund subsidy for summer school funding had been eliminated in 2005.
“Fall and Spring are the same, but summer school is higher because there's not a subsidy applied to it,” Pruitt said.
The meeting was concluded with various Board of Governor members remarks on their thoughts of the UNC funding model and what needed to be changed. The next UNC Board of Governor's meeting will be July 14 in Asheville, NC.
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