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Sunday May 16th

Higher Education


Thomas Ross took over as UNC-System President on January 1, 2011

New UNC-system President Thomas Ross to face more cuts

UNC-system President Thomas Ross, former president of Davidson College who was chosen in August to lead the 17 institutions of the UNC system, has to deal with the constant reminder of losing millions more in funding from the N.C. General Assembly and the burden of protecting the academic quality of the system’s campuses.

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UNC-system persident elect Thomas Ross takes over Jan. 1.

Thomas Ross working toward smooth transition

In less than a month, UNC-system President-elect Thomas Ross will end his four month transition period and take office. On Jan. 1, Ross, who currently serves as president of Davidson College, will inherit a University system facing unprecedented budget cuts and proposals for steep tuition increases.

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Private problems: More than money at stake in shifting funding model

Gov. Bev Perdue said recently that public universities should seek more private funding to offset the impending huge cuts to state appropriations. On its face, her plan makes sense. The state is going to have to make substantial cuts in order to balance this year’s budget. One way UNC could deal with those cuts is to seek funding from other sources like private donors.

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UNC-System funding scrutinized

A recent report found errors in the way the UNC system funds its 15 higher education institutions, which could provide the final push for altering the current funding model. A portion of the funding for schools is based on enrollment growth or change in student credit hours from the previous year.

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UNC-G looks into personal alert devices

Campus police at UNC-Greensboro are considering implementing alert devices to strengthen safety, but lack of funding may prevent the change. The device, which has been developed by New Centurion Solutions, Inc., would improve alert notifications and police response times on campus, said Paul Lester, assistant chief of police.

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Katie Wordsworth, a freshman from Rocky Mount, has a state-funded grant. The state is finding new ways to fund grants for students.

State financial aid running low

Katie Wordsworth, a freshman biology major, said she needs every cent of her financial aid grants to achieve her dream of becoming an oncologist. Once accepted to UNC, her decision to attend was an easy one — it was the only school to promise her a debt-free education through the Carolina Covenant scholarship.

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UNC-A and Appalachian State host BYOB events for students

North Carolina law states that alcoholic beverages cannot be sold in student facilities on the UNC- system campus. But two public universities in Western North Carolina have found loopholes. On select nights at Appalachian State University hundreds of students gather at Legends, an on-campus venue, to listen to music and drink beer.

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NCCU newspapers go missing

Hundreds of copies of the N.C. Central University student newspaper have been found either moved without permission or trashed. After Campus Echo, the student-led newspaper, released two controversial stories in October and November, there were several incidences of illicit moving and trashing of copies in bulk.

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UNC-system revised tuition policy could allow schools to go above cap

A provision in the revised UNC-system tuition policy could allow universities to increase tuition above the set limits, but administrators are still unsure how those requests for increases will be handled. The current plan caps tuition increases for resident undergraduate students at 6.5 percent, and the revised policy will continue that limit while giving campuses an opportunity to increase tuition more than the cap in extenuating circumstances.

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UNC-Greensboro game bans Nerf guns

A change in regulation for the Humans vs. Zombies game on the UNC-Greensboro campus eased community concerns, but at the cost of some student participation. Eliminating the use of Nerf blasters was the main rule change to the game this semester, said UNC-G Campus Chief of Police Jamie Herring.

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UNC-system president Erskine Bowles to step down

The UNC-system Board of Governors bid goodbye to the system’s President Erskine Bowles at its last meeting of the year Friday. After five years of guiding the university system through an economic crisis and budget cuts, Bowles will officially step down from his post Dec. 31.

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Board of Governors says goodbye to Bowles

True to his personality, UNC-system President Erskine Bowles did not want a “hoopla” for a farewell. Board of Governors members took their last meeting Friday morning as an opportunity to say goodbye to Bowles and thank him for his work in the last five years.

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