Chapel Hill takes biggest hit when UNC System details budget cuts

Posted July 7, 2011

— The UNC Board of Governors on Thursday met to determine how the cuts to state funding will impact individual campuses in the UNC System. The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill will take the hardest hit, losing 17.9 percent, or more than $100 million, from a base budget of more than $525 million.

UNC Board of Governors budget cuts by campus

The average cut was 15.6 percent as the Board of Governors allotted $414 million in cuts across the system. Legislators ordered that the spending cuts averaging 16 percent couldn't be applied across the board. Some favored programs like turfgrass research at North Carolina State University were given some protection by lawmakers.

Six campuses saw a greater-than-average loss. They are:

  • West Carolina University (16.4 percent, or $14.1 million)
  • UNC-Charlotte (16.2 percent, $33.5 million)
  • Appalachian State (16 percent, $22.7 million)
  • East Carolina (16 percent, $49 million)
  • UNC-Wilmington (15.8 percent, $16.5 million)

UNC-Pembroke, which will see a reduction of 15.5 percent ($9.1 million), fell just under the average.

University leaders warned three months ago that a budget cut of this size would result in about 9,000 fewer course offerings and loss of 1,500 faculty jobs statewide.


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  • haeseker2 Jul 8, 2011

    You all kill me! to respond to jrfergerson: on cutting coaches salary, most, if not all, of that money comes from the booster clubs (Rams Club, Pirate Clue,etc) So cutting their salary would do nothing for budget. I do enjoy reading all of these comments about how terrible a UNC education is. That is just ignorance and resentment talking. All schools have something to provide and none are completely worthless.

  • carrboroyouth Jul 8, 2011

    I disagree jrfergerson: Sports teams (football and basketball) bring in millions of dollars of revenue each season.

  • jrfergerson Jul 8, 2011

    The first cuts should be ALL the coaches and sports teams.
    College sports, the biggest taxpayer and student rip-off around.

  • ecualumni1982 Jul 8, 2011

    What bothers me is that NC like the Banks will not lay off the people making the outrageous salaries, rather they will go for the lesser faculty and staff. Also, keep in mind that the University's will be giving raises to faculty/staff for various reasons, advertising new positions, and promoting people all while some staff are getting pink slips. So, Joe the Plumber will get laid off, while Lord Farquaad in Medicine will being getting a 10-20K raise to his 230K annual salary! I for one feel that a plumber would be as much of value as some off the wall business, Tech, or other manager, who no one can really tell you exactly what they do, if they are good at their job, or even justify their high salaries other than mentioning some inflated job title (e.g. VC, Exe Dir, etc of Institutional incompetence).

  • unc70 Jul 7, 2011

    NC Constitution Article 9

    Section 8 was previously posted.

    Section 9.

    The General Assembly shall provide that the benefits of The University of North Carolina and other public institutions of higher education, as far as practicable, be extended to the people of the State free of expense.

    (Article IX also makes funding and operation of uniform public schools a state responsibility, though it may delegate some to counties.)

    Private colleges and universities in NC also receive state funds based on the number of NC residents enrolled, excluding those students in divinity school or similar programs.

    In 1960, NC and MS were ranked at the bottom on nearly every measure: poverty, literacy, health, housing. MS remains near the bottom while NC has moved up significantly. How? By investing in education for all our citizens, raising taxes slightly to pay the bills.

    If the one cent temp sales tax had been extended we would have avoided most to the budget cuts. Cost $100/family.

  • oleguy Jul 7, 2011

    fewer Liberals,,, Take some of the cash they pay their ball players to cover real expenses

  • lalalloo Jul 7, 2011

    Tenured faculty salaries use most of universities' budgets, but they can't be cut because they have job protection. Staff members, usually line staff earning the lowest amounts, are the ones who will be laid off.

  • caryzoo Jul 7, 2011

    Please cut the ignorant, uneducated, stuf out...whether they or their comrades are at fault..EVERYONE who was paying attention knew the budget would cost MANY jobs. The Republicans need to WAKE UP!!!

  • SaveEnergyMan Jul 7, 2011

    "The UNC system has lots of tenured professors sitting around being paid for not teaching in the classroom while their graduate assistants are doing the teaching."

    Not really. Most departments require professors to teach a certain number of classes per yer - often four or five. If they don't, then they must pay the department a release time fee from their research contracts. This fee is more than the cost of a graduate student teacher, so it won't save money. Some grad students are better than professors at teaching, but I agree many aren't. This method also allows grad students to attend school - paying a stipend, health insurance, and tuition.

  • Return the Republic Jul 7, 2011

    This is easy - get rid of the rascist and socialist programs, and you can save half their budget, and use the additional funds to actually increase quality of educational programs that will benefit students! Ask any graduate of UNC, and the first thing they will brag about UNC is their basketball program. They aren't really worried about educational quality anyway.