The Environmental Quality Institute at UNCA is being eliminated because it "does not directly relate to the university's core mission." [according to Chancellor Anne Ponder, quoted in a recent press release] UNCA's core mission is to "Serve as the Standard of Excellence in Public Liberal Arts Undergraduate Education." Does eliminating an on-campus undergraduate research facility that provides valuable faculty-mentored training improve the Standard of Excellence? It does not. Perhaps the $600,000 approved for the off-campus chancellor residency and nonacademic Pisgah House could have been spent more wisely.
— Jason Nolan, UNCA class of 2005