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Tuesday October 19th

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System looking to cut duplicate programs

The UNC-system Board of Governors voted Friday to cut 60 degree programs, and other programs in the system might face a similar fate if an upcoming review deems them unnecessary. The review, slated to begin after March 1, will encompass both undergraduate and graduate programs and consider student demand, operating cost and regional need.

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	Jim Woodward will review UNC-system programs for cut potential.

UNC system may cut duplicated degree programs

The financial plight of the UNC system will not be revealed for another few months, but administrators are preparing for a detailed review that will help them make strategic cuts when the time comes. Jim Woodward, former chancellor of UNC-Charlotte and N.C. State University, will be leading a review of the 2,000 degree programs offered systemwide to determine which ones universities can do without.

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	Republicans will be juggling issues such as tuition, the budget deficit, financial aid, privatization of alcohol sales and abortion.

For first time in over 100 years, General Assembly reconvenes with Republican majority

The N.C. General Assembly reconvenes today with a new Republican leadership ready to tackle a $3.7 budget shortfall and a number of contentious issues that could have a direct impact on students. This will be the first Republican-controlled state legislature since 1898, which could mean a constant tug of war between the state’s Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue and the GOP leadership.

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Thomas Ross presides over his first BOG meeting on 1/13/11 at the Spangler Center board room. Hannah Gage sits to Ross's right.

Budget shortfall expected to jeopardize staffing, course selection

At its first meeting of the year Thursday, the governing body of the UNC system welcomed a new year and a new president. But wished for a new economy. With a $3.7 billion expected state budget shortfall and thousands of positions and course sections systemwide on the chopping block, the UNC-system Board of Governors is bracing for the worst and gearing up to protect the academic core of its institutions.

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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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