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Monday May 17th

Higher Education

Students may face obstacles to graduating due to budget cuts

The four-year graduation rate has remained static at UNC-system schools in the most recent data available, with 34.9 percent of students graduating within four years in 2004. But after absorbing a state funding reduction of 15.6 percent — or $414 million —this year, university administrators say budget cuts might begin to noticeably affect students’ ability to graduate on time.

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Thomas Ross was inagurated as the president of the UNC system in Greensboro on Thursday.

Ross sworn in as UNC-system president

Thomas Ross, the man who has overseen the 17 UNC-system campuses for the last nine months, was sworn in Thursday. The UNC system’s 17th president says he’s embracing severe budget cuts, resource shortfalls and a troubled economy as a challenge — a challenge he plans to tackle head on.

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UNC-system peer study to include review of tuition rates

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.

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UNC language courses studied

UNC-system administrators are working to expand foreign language learning opportunities for students as part of an initiative they hope will save money in the long run.

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UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Greensboro evaluate and test alert systems

UNC-CH is not the only school reviewing its campus alert system. Officials at UNC-Wilmington are also investigating their alert system after it failed to notify students of a July 29 shooting. Investigators are working to issue a full report detailing the source of the failure by the end of this week, said Cindy Lawson, a spokeswoman for UNC-W in an email.

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