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At least 20 former members of the UNC-system Board of Governors have signed a petition urging current board members against approving tuition hikes. The petition was overnighted Monday to board Chairwoman Hannah Gage three days before the board will convene and hear tuition-increase proposals from each UNC-system campus.
With today’s Board of Governors meeting, the long-running tuition debate will enter its final stages, at least for this year.
In this column space yesterday, you read a column from Mark Laichena, who reminded you that even though the Board of Trustees voted to raise UNC’s in-state tuition by 40 percent during the next five years, the tuition debate isn’t over.
The University’s Board of Trustees approved a 15.6 percent tuition hike for in-state students in November, despite vocal student protest. The proposal, passed with one dissenting vote from Student Body President Mary Cooper, would increase in-state tuition by at least $2,800 during the next five years.
UNC-CH is not the only school proposing unprecedented tuition hikes for in-state students.
When the Board of Governors said in January that it was looking to root redundancies out of the UNC system, it should have meant it.
In a time of budget constrictions, every penny of spending is under review — and concerns about the UNC-sytem Association of Student Governments’ effective use of student fees have been pushed into the spotlight yet again.
After a report intended to prevent unnecessary degree duplication failed to find any immediate cost savings, UNC-system administrators say streamlining online education will be a long-term strategy for more efficient University operations.
A comprehensive review of academic programs, originally projected to provide long-term savings for the UNC system, has ended — without identifying concrete ways to cut programs or costs. The system is still searching for ways to absorb a 15.6 percent state budget cut enacted this summer. Now that it can’t count on eliminating unnecessary programs to make up some of the $414 million cut, one of the only avenues left is raising tuition.
The UNC-system Board of Governors has yet to receive any tuition increase proposals from universities, but members plan to take the first step in the tuition conversation at their meeting today.
UNC’s tentative proposal to increase in-state tuition by 40 percent during a multi-year span far exceeds the UNC system’s cap, but administrators said they were not surprised by the proposal. The system’s new Four Year Tuition Plan, which went into effect this academic year, maintains the system’s 6.5 percent cap on tuition increases.
University officials said Tuesday that a 6.5 percent increase in tuition wouldn’t come close to covering a $20 million gap in UNC’s budget.
An education at a UNC-system school has traditionally been considered a bargain. Universities have kept tuition rates comparatively low and relied on state funding to maintain academic quality, while other public institutions and university systems nationwide have shifted to a higher tuition model.
Since the UNC-system Board of Governors held a private retreat almost two months ago, accusations of breaking the N.C. open meetings law have been refuted by board officials — a back-and-forth match that might come to a head this week.
A $10-million fund set in place to protect high-profile faculty in the UNC system has dwindled to nearly nothing.
The UNC system eliminated about 3,000 filled positions as a result of this year’s budget cuts, according to a report presented to the Board of Governors Thursday.