Is North Carolina’s university system headed for a down-sizing? The progressive nonprofit, N.C. Policy Watch, takes a look at recent reports and comments by UNC board members and legislators. Here are a few excerpts from the March 5 post, “Effort to ‘Right-Size’ the UNC System in the Works,” by Sarah Ovaska:
Significant changes may be on the horizon for the state’s higher education network, as the University of North Carolina’s governing board considers “right-sizing” the 17-campus system.
“The model should be much smaller than it is,” UNC Board of Governor member Harry Smith Jr. said about the UNC system last Thursday, during a committee meeting discussion about tuition and fee increases.
The system-wide review could result in recommendations to consolidate or shutter campuses and follows recent decisions by the UNC Board of Governors that have attracted public attention and criticism. The board, all appointed by a Republican-led state legislature, decided in January to replace UNC President Tom Ross by next year, and then last week moved to shut down three academic centers, including a poverty center run by a law professor critical of Republican state leaders. …
“We’re getting ready to plow into the sustainability of the model,” said Smith, a Greenville businessman, before the 16-9 vote to approve the tuition increases over the next two years.
See more at ncpolicywatch.com.