Chapel Hill takes biggest hit when UNC System details budget cuts

Posted July 7, 2011 2:30 p.m. EDT
Updated July 7, 2011 8:31 p.m. EDT

— 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.

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.