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Friday, August 19, 2005

UNC System To Study Tuition

Following discussion by the State Senate over the last few months on the issue of giving UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State greater authority to set their own tuition rates, the University of North Carolina system has announced a new effort to study the financial needs of its 16 campuses and recommend changes in tuition policy.
Brad Wilson, Chair of the UNC Board of Governors, appointed a task force and asked the group to make recommendations by October. The group will take a look at all campuses, Wilson said, but will focus on the “unique complexities that a shrinking resource base poses for UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State.”
The move Thursday was a direct response to a Senate budget proposal to give the system’s two primary research campuses broader authority to raise tuition without going through the Board of Governors. The idea, pushed by Senate leader Marc Basnight and a political action committee of prominent UNC-CH supporters, created a fierce outcry from system advocates, former UNC presidents and four former governors, who warned that the move could undermine and weaken the state’s 16-campus public university system. The proposal died when it encountered strong opposition in the House, and therefore was not included in the final budget agreement, which was passed this week by the legislature.

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