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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The Board of Governors’ retreat two weeks ago was dubbed a purely social affair intended to teach new members about “general principles of good governance.” But in electing not to disclose the meeting to the public under the state’s open meetings law, those members are off to a rough start. In defending the decision, UNC-system President Thomas Ross said no official business was discussed. All anyone can do now is take his word for it.
Although a timeline has been established for a review of the UNC system’s academic programs, system chancellors and provosts say they’re still unsure about how degree programs will be impacted on individual campuses.
Members of the UNC-system Board of Governors have stood by Chancellor Holden Thorp since the NCAA first announced its investigation of the University’s football program.
University students and parents will be relieved to find that a supplemental tuition increase has not been tacked onto their bills this summer.
The Board of Governors’ committee on budget and finance approved a funding cut of almost 18 percent or more than $100 million for UNC-Chapel Hill during a telephone meeting Thursday morning.
As the state budget showdown draws to a close in Raleigh, UNC-system administrators are bracing for tough decisions in the months ahead.
The chances of an additional tuition increase for UNC-system schools appear to be slim to none. After today’s full Board of Governors meeting, UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp said he agrees with system President Thomas Ross’ decision to advise the system’s chancellors to avoid supplemental tuition increases.
UNC-system President Thomas Ross advised against supplemental tuition increases at today’s Board of Governors meeting after state legislators did not address tuition in their proposed state budget.
Members of the UNC-system Board of Governors hope to show their disapproval of the state legislature’s proposed budget by postponing any discussion of supplemental tuition increases at their monthly meeting.
Although not as deep as a 17.4 percent cut, the latest proposed reduction in state funding would still puncture the academic core of universities, UNC-system administrators say.
As the N.C. Senate prepares its version of the state budget, UNC-system administrators are hoping legislators will provide some relief for universities that would bear the brunt of education cuts.
A bill that passed through a Student Congress committee Tuesday night would give the full body the power to regulate changes to eight major student fees. In its inaugural meeting, the oversight committee passed the bill, which would give the body the task of regulating certain fees that are first considered by the student fee audit committee. Adam Horowitz, chairman of the oversight committee and the bill’s sponsor, said Student Congress has the right to regulate certain fees, including the student activities fee and the safety and security fee. Article I, Section 4 of Title I of the Student Code gives Student Congress the power to regulate these fees.
Members of the UNC-system Board of Governors managed to find some positive items for discussion while continuing their grim talks regarding the impact of unprecedented budget cuts.
As members of the UNC-system Board of Governors prepare for drastic state budget cuts, university chancellors are being forced to compete for attention and funding.
But some chancellors said the system might be heading for its own catastrophe if rumors about the 15 percent — or higher — budget cuts come true.N.C. legislators are facing a $2.4 billion shortfall in the state budget, and speculations about cuts to the UNC system are running the gamut — from 5 percent to UNC-system President Thomas Ross’ estimate of 30 percent — as the higher education appropriations subcommittee prepares to release its budget proposal early next week.
At the UNC-system Board of Governors meeting today, the main item of discussion is expected to be the system’s budget and plans to cope with a significant reduction in funding for its 17 campuses.