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Ross: 'We are going to survive this'

The UNC Board of Governors this morning reviewed the budget that is now before Gov. Bev Perdue. The UNC numbers -- the negative numbers -- were big.

The UNC system as a whole would be reduced 14.6 percent, or $407 million under the legislative budget. The cut to the 17 campuses would be 13 percent -- a reduction of $344 million.

But UNC President Tom Ross reminded the board that earlier in the year, there was talk of a bigger reduction. At one point, the figure of 30 percent was bandied about. Under an early draft proposal, UNC would have been sliced by 21 percent.

The end result is tough, but it could have been worse, he said. Still, it's substantial.

"There are lots of ways we can look at this and lots of ways we can approach it. One is, we can moan and groan," Ross said. "The other is, that we can understand that we have a responsibility to the people of North Carolina, that we've been educating students since 1795 and that we're not going to stop and we're not going to stop doing it with excellence.

"We have to make some adjustments and they're going to be difficult," he added. "They're going to be painful and they're going to have consequences, there's no question about that, we've been clear with the legislative leadership. But we are going to survive this."

Ross said that given the insufficient financial aid dollars for the coming year, he recommends against a supplemental tuition increase to deal with the cuts. He said financial aid packages have already been put together for students for the next academic year.


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UNC System to Survive


One wonders if the redundant taxpayer funded faculty in UNC’s Center for Civil Rights and Gene Nichols’s Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity have been let go to save basic courses in math, English, and history? There are already highly effective and well heeled private-sector organizations dedicated to the same advocacy mission as those liberal-leftist centers. Have our legislators heard of the NAACP, the Southern Poverty Law Center, La Raza, the ACLU, and the Democrat Party?

So, if UNC has not already acted to do so, it is time for the new Republican controlled legislature to shut down the university system’s gaggle of left wing centers at Chapel Hill. Let the private sector carry on with social activism—whether it is on the left or right. But, imagine for one minute if the UNC system had an Institute Against Racial Preferences or Center for Protecting America’s Borders. What an uproar that would bring!


Not UNC Asheville - hee,hee

Well it looks like little old UNC Asheville pulled the wool over the eyes of the other universities.  Too bad you don’t have such great (anonymous) legislators watching out (anonymously) for your favorite campus.

Great investigative reporting News and Observer.

See Section 9.6.(c) of the appropriations bill.

I like your attitude Mr.

I like your attitude Mr. Ross. Others need to take notice.

Construction Earmarks


It's been a problem at NCSU too, but you can't do much about earmarked funds.  If a university receives a grant designated for building construction, they can't use it on staff.  

They have to use funds they receive however they're earmarked, or else they'll lose those funds (and the potential to renew that grant).

Look around the UNC Chapel

Look around the UNC Chapel Hill Campus.  New buildings going up EVERYWHERE.  Hordes of construction workers heading to work every day.  The UNC official bird is the...Crane.  Guess what?  Many of the brand new buildings are half empty because there is no money to staff them.


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