The Board of Governors makes policy decisions for the UNC system and all of its constituent institutions. The board also elects the president of the UNC system — currently Thomas Ross — who oversees the system’s administrative affairs. The N.C. General Assembly elects all 32 voting members of the board to four-year terms. There are non-voting members as well, such as former board chairmen, former governors and the president of the Association of Student Governments.
Committees are often appointed to discuss certain issues. Some of those standing committees include one for audits, budget and finance, educational planning, policies and programs, personnel and tenure, public affairs, strategic directions and university governance.
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Housekeepers, maintenance workers and other system staff members are all currently protected under the State Personnel Act — but a new provision would take the authority from the state and give it to the UNC-system Board of Governors.
Efficiency has become the new buzzword across the UNC system in recent years.
March is traditionally a quiet month for the UNC-system Board of Governors. But after a divisive tuition debate in February, board members decided to postpone another important discussion — budget priorities — until this month.
An attempt by the UNC-system Board of Governors to give tax breaks to families who pay college tuition but don’t qualify for need-based aid might not be feasible. A proposal was made at the board’s February meeting to research a tax break option, which would have to go through an adjustment of state and federal tax codes to be viable.
After losing the tuition battle against the UNC-system Board of Governors, students are preparing for the next stage in the fight against tuition increases: the N.C. General Assembly.
As 200 students and Chapel Hill occupiers chanted and beat on drums in protest outside the meeting room, the UNC-system Board of Governors passed President Thomas Ross’ proposal of increasing tuition and fees by a systemwide average of 8.8 percent.
Occupy Chapel Hill will be one of the many voices at the tuition hike rally outside of the General Administration building today.
UNC-system President Thomas Ross’ tuition and fee increase proposal has passed one hurdle, but skepticism from some members of the Board of Governors leaves the final approval of the recommendation unclear.
The UNC-system Board of Governors’ budget and finance committee approved today system President Thomas Ross’ tuition and fee increase proposals, which average 8.8 percent. The committee’s 5-1 vote followed voiced skepticism from many board members about tuition and fee increases spanning the next two years.
Amid an array of conflicting opinions on tuition hikes — ranging from zero to double-digit increases — the UNC-system Board of Governors is expected to end a divisive tuition debate Friday.
The UNC-system Board of Governors should approve President Thomas Ross’ tuition plan at its meetings today and Friday.
Those interested in post-graduate degrees in nursing practice, public policy or American studies at the University need not apply any time soon. Though UNC-CH has named these programs as top priorities for at least a year, they have not been approved by the UNC system. But getting degree programs approved is a problem for several schools in the UNC system. Administrators have a pile of 49 program proposals waiting to be reviewed and approved. A few even date back to 2007.
Members of Students for a Democratic Society say it’s not too late to stop looming tuition hikes. When UNC-system President Thomas Ross met with students at UNC on Wednesday night, he said it would be hard for students to affect the tuition decision this late in the process — but SDS members disagreed.
The UNC-system Board of Governors will decide tuition increases for all UNC-system schools next week, and many students are hoping to attend and voice their opinion.
With UNC-system President Thomas Ross recommending increases above the Board of Governors’ mandated 6.5 percent tuition increase cap, some board members say they are not sure they want to support such substantial tuition hikes.
Even as the UNC system struggles in the midst of economic instability, other states are looking to its centralized system as a guide to cutting costs.