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UNC system shifts focus to online

The UNC system’s push to consolidate and streamline universities’ online education programs might still be in its early stages, but administrators already have one model to follow — an emerging foreign language consortium.

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UNC’s tuition increase proposal not a surprise, administrators say

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.

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UNC system cuts 11 administrative positions

The UNC system has been forced to cut vital resources in the classroom, and now it is cutting some of its leaders. The UNC General Administration, which includes President Thomas Ross and other senior officers, abolished 11 positions to cope with the budget cuts — and it could bring an axe to even more.

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Cuts at the degree’s expense: Budget cuts are not an excuse for asking less of students

The classroom is at the core of the University’s mission and should be the last thing compromised to budget cuts. However, concerns about graduation rates and pressure from state budget cuts are causing some UNC-system schools to consider loosening restrictions and degree requirements to get students out on time. Such actions only add academic insult to financial injury.

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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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