Berger: No UNC campus consolidation this year

Posted April 10, 2013

— The state Senate will not propose closing any of the 16 University of North Carolina system campuses, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said Wednesday. 

"I don't see that's something that in this year's budget that we're going to do," Berger said. "That doesn't mean folks aren't going to talk about those things."

Berger was following up on remarks by Sen. Peter Brunstetter, R-Forsyth, a senior budget chairman, who said last month that it may be time to look at reducing the number of UNC campuses.

"I think our members definitely envision that there could be some consolidation between campuses, and we might need to go from 16 down to 15, 14, something like that," Brunstetter said.

That thought prompted push-back from campuses around the state. 

The university campuses in the system include UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University, Fayetteville State University, East Carolina University, UNC-Greensboro, North Carolina A&T State University, Winston-Salem State University, the UNC School of the Arts, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Pembroke, Elizabeth City State University, Appalachian State University, UNC-Asheville and Western Carolina University.

Berger said the system should definitely look at consolidating some functions, such as centralizing the determination as to whether someone is eligible for in-state tuition.

"I think those kinds of consolidation make a whole lot of sense," Berger said. 

He added that the cost-cutting discussion should continue. If it is more expensive to educate freshmen and sophomores on some campuses, he said, that may be an example of fodder for future debate.

"I think there are ways we can continue to have a university system that is among the best in the country, but it doesn't have to look exactly like it looks now forever," Berger said.


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  • TsKaMF Apr 11, 7:20 p.m.

    "Yes Democrats are "pro education" and very proud of it!!! This country was built on this very principle."

    Really ?

    Where in the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Federalist Papers, etc. is education mentioned in the "building" of this country or it's "ideals" ?

    Proper ID to vote...God I hope so !

    BTW, I'm a registered Democrat. I hope all the liberal ones lose their ID.

  • 40YRTEACHER Apr 11, 3:51 p.m.

    Yes Democrats are "pro education" and very proud of it!!! This country was built on this very principle.

    From the looks of the retoric, the "others" want to tear away at those ideals. Well- you get what you vote for (that is with proper photo ID)

  • TsKaMF Apr 11, 12:10 p.m.

    Gotcha 1000,

    All is well in the "the RDU area"....the rest of North Carolina does not matter(many counties unemployment up to 11-12%)..."it's working out great"(BTW,good for you)

    Typical condescending liberal speak. We know what is best for all. Just do as we tell you, but don't take MY Gov't/ education/ union SLICE of pie !

  • krimson Apr 11, 11:23 a.m.

    TsKaMF: "NC has been run by "far left/ pro education"(using your type of vocabulary) Democrats for decades. Look at the above #'s again. Hows that been working out?"

    RDU area, with its highly educated and left leaning population enjoys a unemployment rate of 6.7%. Lower if you consider only the high-tech industries... I think its working out great...

  • TsKaMF Apr 10, 7:06 p.m.


    "competitive workforce" ? NC unemployment 9.5% that's 25% higher than the US at 7.6%. We don't need more people to "come to North Carolina" to be "competitive" in our workforce.

    NC has been run by "far left/ pro education"(using your type of vocabulary) Democrats for decades. Look at the above #'s again.

    Hows that been working out ?

  • geosol Apr 10, 6:31 p.m.

    Yay right wing REPUBLICANS!!!! Let's ruin one of the main reasons that people come to North Carolina and that helps provide us with a competitive workforce. All to satisfy silly and dangerous far right ideology against education. VOTE AGAINST ALL REPUBLICANS IN EVERY RACE!!!!

  • Wirklich Apr 10, 6:03 p.m.

    ConservativeVoter, I would recommend you take a few minutes to research the historically black state universities before you provide us with an opinion. It is obviously based solely on ignorance.

  • TsKaMF Apr 10, 6:01 p.m.

    Shut down the NCAE.

    Name should be "North Carolina University System". Not the UNC System.

  • jgilchr Apr 10, 5:28 p.m.

    Forget the schools please shut down the NCGA.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Apr 10, 5:22 p.m.