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The Another UNC is Possible campaign addresses the financial crisis that UNC System schools face and calls on lawmakers and officials to make changes.

'Another UNC Is Possible': Four-point plan calls for new approach to financial crisis

Another UNC is Possible is a plan to address the immediate financial concerns of the UNC System while facilitating an equitable transition toward a post-pandemic North Carolina.  Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz previously announced that there will be a 7.5 percent cut to operating funds and a 1.5 percent cut to personnel funds to help eliminate the $100 million structural deficit the University is facing. UNC’s auxiliary units such as housing, dining and parking lost $97 million in revenue last spring and may lose as much as $200 million this year.

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DTH Photo Illustration. The UNC System Office has plans to establish an “internal bank” in which it would provide loans for certain capital projects, which would allow system schools to seek loans from the UNC System internal bank rather than borrowing money from private lenders.

UNC System has plans for an internal bank, but the N.C. Treasury has doubts

The UNC System Office has plans to establish an “internal bank” in which it would provide loans for certain capital projects to its 17 institutions.  This would allow system schools to seek loans from the UNC System internal bank rather than borrowing money from private lenders. But the treasurer of North Carolina said he and his office have questions and concerns around the legality, necessity and accountability of creating an internal bank. Josh Ellis, associate vice president for Media Relations for the UNC System, said in an email that the internal bank would increase timely and flexible access to capital while lowering the cost of borrowing. 

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Chair Darrell Allison at a previous meeting at the UNC Center for School Leadership Development on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019.

BOG member and Racial Equity Task Force Chairperson Darrell Allison resigns

Black students make up over one-fifth of total enrollment at UNC-System schools, which include five historically Black institutions. Within the Board of Governors, the UNC System's 24 voting-member governing body, there were only three Black members — which equals just 12.5 percent.  But last month, that number decreased to two when BOG member Darrell Allison unexpectedly resigned. If a Black individual is not named as a replacement by the North Carolina General Assembly, the community would be represented descriptively by just eight percent of the Board.

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Screenshot from the virtually held Commission on Campus Equality and Student Equity meeting regarding UNC's fall reopening on Thursday, July 16, 2020.

UNC student commission resolution: ‘All courses must be offered virtually'

The Commission on Campus Equality and Student Equity's resolution calls for full remote instruction and limitations on the number of students living on campus. The resolution came in response to the concerns students and Chapel Hill residents have expressed regarding UNC's reopening plans. “The only way we can make sure that everyone is safe, and everyone has access to an equitable education experience, is by offering all courses virtually and de-densifiying our dorms,” said Chairperson Lamar Richards. 

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