Cuts at the University Level

     Budget cuts are not only affecting K-12 schools, but are making their mark at the University level as well. With the new budget, public North Carolina Universities will have to cut their spending by $260 million this year and $222 million next year.  Out of state students attending UNC campuses at Chapel Hill, Wilmington, Greensboro, and Winston Salem will be hit with a 12.3% tuition increase and  those at other campuses will be hit with six percent hike. These cuts are forcing some universities to layoff staff. Also, the cuts are causing universities to cut back on the amount of classes offered and the number of sections offered for each class.

    As a college student, I feel as though these cuts will be very detrimental to my education. College is expensive already. Out of state students bring diversity and intelligence to North Carolina’s campuses and I am afraid that the increasing tuition prices will deter these valuable students from coming to North Carolina for their education. In addition, as an in-state student I feel like I pay enough money to deserve a full faculty as well as full sections. The lack of sections decreases the amount of classes offered, therefore limiting the options students have. By cutting funds at the university level and the K-12 level, the legislature is demonstrating its lack of support for public education as a whole.

 

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4 thoughts on “Cuts at the University Level

  1. It seems like every year North Carolina’s education system has new budget cuts and the government wonders why our system has trouble. Teachers already have low pay in North Carolina, but the University’s had been somewhat protected from this, but now it seems they are also facing pay cuts and layoffs. If the state really wanted to improve the education system, it wouldn’t continue to take funding away from schools and universities. This just undermines the work teachers and professors do and costs more for students, discouraging both new professors and out-of-state students from coming to UNC. The reduction in sections seems unfair, and undermines the point of college in getting quality higher-level education because if sections are cut, that means fewer students can take the classes they want. This may even result in the class sizes increasing which could just reduce the quality of the class as a whole.

  2. I agree, the cuts are hurting a system who’s job it is to help so many. There are more people than ever going to college and if the state keeps cutting funds, public universities will not be able to adequately accommodate the surplus of students. Students now will be paying more money for less resource. Unlike students of the past who had lower tuition costs but more classes, teachers, opportunities, and programs. Public Universities serve the majority of college students in North Carolina and the cuts are making their already hard jobs, even harder.

  3. I’m going to play the devil’s advocate here…
    Public universities are designed to serve the citizens that pay taxes to support them, right? And in-state students’ families are the ones paying taxes in North Carolina to support the university system, so logically, anyone coming from out of state should have to pay more to attend to make up for the years of taxes they didn’t pay. If someone feels strongly enough that their own in-state public schools aren’t right for them, then shouldn’t they also be willing to pay a little extra?

  4. I totally agree with what you’ve said in the article that we deserve that full faculty as well as full sections. As an international student, I almost paid twice as in state students in order to support that regular running of university because of cutting the budget. The tuition rises almost 8000 dollars this year compared to sophomores and juniors. However, it still seems not enough! It is a very serious problem because it may affect the enthusiasm of future students to get in to the school. For example, international students have many more choices because they don’t have to choose in the state or even in this country, they have many other choices. If tuition really becomes an issue, I’ll be very sad that I can not welcome as many international students as I want to this beautiful and lovely campus when I become a sophomore. What a pity!

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