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.
The University is facing revenue shortfalls, and it's unclear how they plan to make up for the deficit. Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said on Aug. 28 the University suffered a $100 million loss from March until the end of the 2020 fiscal year in June. Then at last week’s September Faculty Council meeting, Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations Nate Knuffman said UNC could see an additional loss of $300 million in revenue during this fiscal year — which runs from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. “The good news is that enrollment has stayed steady,” Guskiewicz said at the meeting.
The University reported 135 new positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, less than an hour before announcing all undergraduate courses would be taught remotely. Multiple medical experts, including UNC epidemiologists with experience in coronavirus research, said that this increase in cases was expected.
UNC faculty have expressed concerns about the University's reopening, along with student leaders and campus workers. Through a public letter published in The Charlotte Observer and a letter from Chairperson of the Faculty Mimi Chapman, faculty have expressed their fears of returning to campus and of community spread of COVID-19. “We are willing to do our part,” Chapman wrote. “But at this point, I believe that our University and perhaps the entire UNC System is being asked to turn straw into gold.”
As other COVID-19 cancellations stretch into the summer, some summer programs held on campus have already decided to move online. Others are holding back.
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Data shows that UNC full professor pay is about $19,000 below that of peer institutions. Associate professors earn about $16,000 less and assistant professors make $3,000 less. The data was presented to the Faculty Council at its December meeting. UNC is currently unable to give raises to faculty, as the North Carolina General Assembly has not passed a budget. Provost Bob Blouin said this leaves the University with no new state resources to put into the raise pool. Currently, salary compression and inequalities in pay are concerning to faculty members.
A new bill proposed in the Undergraduate Senate would provide student senators with a $300 maximum stipend based on the number of meetings they attend. Some members of the senate think the bill will encourage participation and make the senate more appealing and accessible to students. Others have their doubts.
“Our institution is built on student self-governance and the ability for students to have a say in how the institution runs as well as how their daily life is organized and conducted.”