Zaina Alsous, a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill and member of Student Action with Workers, is escorted out of the Board of Governors meeting on Friday by police. Alsous interrupted the meeting to protest Senate Bill 575, which removes university employees from state protection.

Protesters, Board of Governors clash at meeting over Senate Bill 575

When Deane Irving was laid off from his job as a computer operator at N.C. State University last year, he felt the process, while not desirable, was at least fair.

Board of Governors

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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BOG considers tax cuts to families not qualifying for need-based aid

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.

Board of Governors' committee approves Ross' proposal

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.

UNC schools await Board of Governors action on degree programs

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.

Teach-in held to oppose tuition hikes

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.