UNC system preps for more budget cuts

Posted September 10, 2010
Updated September 11, 2010

— The University of North Carolina system is bracing for another year of deep cuts, and officials said Friday that they fear the latest round will severely impact classroom instruction on their campuses.

Hannah Gage, chairwoman of the UNC Board of Governors, said Friday that Gov. Beverly Perdue has instructed university officials to prepare for budget cuts of 5 to 10 percent as the state copes with another deficit.

Fiscal analysts have projected a $3 billion deficit for the 2011-12 fiscal year that starts next July. A temporary sales tax increase expires next summer, and federal economic stimulus money will no longer be available to plug holes in the budget, they have said.

The UNC system, which accounts for 13 percent of the state budget, had to trim $70 million in spending this year. In the past three years, the system's budget has been cut by about $600 million, forcing campuses to lay off more than 900 people, UNC President Erskine Bowles said.

"A 10 percent cut – that'll be around $300 million for us – will be very hard to absorb," Bowles said. "It'll be increased class size. It'll be fewer instructors, larger classes for our students (and) longer times till graduation."

UNC-Wilmington Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo said budget cutting has become the new normal status on campus.

"It's not just for this year. It's year after year after year, and it's wearing on people," DePaolo said. "We're trying to protect the academic core. There's almost nothing left for us to cut."

All 16 of UNC's university campuses recently raised tuition to help offset the loss of state funding, but Bowles said another increase next year would be a last resort.

"Access is something this university really believes in," he said.


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  • whatelseisnew Sep 10, 2010

    Start at the top and eliminate as many jobs as possible in the top tiers. Get rid of perks like FREE HOUSING.

  • givemeabreak Sep 10, 2010

    You could cut some funds if you check on HOW MANY PHONES THE Different schools have for the people. I know one person that at one time had 5 phones and tried to use them all at the same time.

  • wilmingtonNC Sep 10, 2010

    Here at UNC-W we just hired a basketball coach for $400,000+ a year, replacing a $170,000 a year coach. We also hired a new women's coach for $520,000 over five years. The Chancellor makes over $300,000 a year with house, electricity, water, sewer, phones, and trash provided.

  • BigUNCFan Sep 10, 2010

    That is why you have fundraisers folks. Get a capital campaign going or bring in more research dollars or stop building so much fluff projects to compete with other schools. A lot of schools are posh to compete with other schools. UNC is trying to compete with UVA and Duke and Berkely and the same for those schools with each other. The result is a building arms race which cannot be funded long term. They need to cut back on these projects as they can cost 10s of millions.

  • Sherlock Sep 10, 2010

    Did the school just raise the rate to attend? How about cutting some of the top brass and teachers like we do for public schools. Also collect the taxes of the items sold over th internet.