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Campus News......... 3
Board of Trustees to discuss tuition hil(e tomorrow
by SOMER STAHL and THOMAS M. RUYLE
The Board of Trustees (BOT) of the University of North Carolina
at Wilmington and the North Carolina Board of Governors (BOG)
are meeting this week on campus. The BOT is scheduled to discuss
a proposal calling for an annual $235 rise in tuition at 2:30 on Thurs
day. While several other state universities have approved similar in
creases, university administration is unsure as to whether UNCW’s
proposal will be enacted.
“I am not optimistic that the tuition increase is going to go for
ward. I don’t know that, because the Board of Govemors hasn’t met
yet, but I’m not optimistic,” Chancellor James R. Leutze said.
The increase has already been approved at the campus level by the
Executive Committee of the BOT. However, the proposal still must
go before the UNC General Administration for approval. If approved
at that level, it will go before the BOG and the North Carolina Gen
The call for a tuition hike is the result of a study conducted by all
in-state universities that was released last month. The study showed
that, when compared to schools of similar size and student/faculty
ratio, UNC universities lack the sufficient salary dollars needed in
order to offer competitive salaries and benefits needed to attract and
retain faculty. The tuition increase is also a result of the decline in
state support for higher education over the last decade.
“It’s a disappointment to me when it seems as if education isn’t as
a high as it should be on the state’s agenda,” said Student Govem-
ment Association President Patrick Gunn who holds a seat on the
Board of Trastees. “I don’t like the idea of an increase in tuition, but
at the same time if there’s nowhere else to get the money and the need
for funds is there, I guess to some, raising tuition seems like the sen
sible thing to do,” he said.
With netrly 10,000 smdents enrolled, the tuition increase would
equate $2.3 million in additional revenue for the university.
I’m not totally opposed to raising tuition. I am very well aware of
the desire and desirability of keeping tuition as low as possible,” Leutze
said. “1 don’t take it cavalierly. However, I feel it’s part of my re
sponsibility to.. .see if we can get those funds.”
BOT member Jay M. Robinson, who elected in 1999 and serves
on the extemal affairs committee, said he struggles with the issue of
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The Board of Trustees will discuss the proposed $235
tuition increase at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Madeline
“Low tuition makes a university great,” said Robinson who believes
that the state has made serious mistakes over the past years when deal
ing with increase in taxes and decline in education funding.
“We need to be sure that we have a place to accommodate every
student that wants an education but at the same time we create a need
for new buildings and more faculty,” he said. “I’m concemed that
students in southeastem North Carolina will not be able to financially
attend schools and at the same time. I’m sorry that tuition is one way we
have to consider increasing in order to get these resources.”
Robinson stated that he has not yet made a decision concerning how
he will cast his vote.
“At the meeting I will listen to each ;ase set before me and then vote
on what I believe is right,” he said.
Gunn has similar intentions. “I’ll listen to every argument and de
cide, but most likely my vote will be a? ainst [the increase]. It will take
a lot to convince me otherwise.”
Leutze said he has doubts as to whether the proposal will be passed,
noting that election year politics may be a major factor in the final
decision.“Politicians do not want to stand accused of raising tuition,” he
See TUITION, page 5
University Mourns Death of Dr. Ann Lockledge
by HEIDI BING
Dr. Ann Lockledge, a professor of curricular studies of the
Watson School of Education, suffered a heart attack and died
in her sleep on Sunday, Dec. 26. Lockledge, who was 67 years
old, was a highly valued member of the university faculty and
played a critical leadership role in the development of the el
ementary and middle school social studies program for the
School of Education.
“She was well-respected, well-loved and will be greatly
missed,” said cuiricular studies professor Richard Hubar. Hubar
and many of Lockledge’s other colleagues and students ex
pressed feelings of shock and sadness at her death.
“We all had very fond feeling for Ann and we’re still trying
to get over or realize the fact that she’s gone,” said Dr. Grace
Burton who is the chair of the curricular studies program and
was a personal friend of Lockledge. “As a colleague she cer
tainly put into practice what she said she believed. She was
enthusiastic and had a real zest for her teaching and she gave of
herself in more ways than I can enumerate.
Lockledge was born in Colorado and lived in different areas
Dr. Mary Ann
Lockledge, a pro
fessor in the
Watson School of
1987 passed away
on December 26
from a heart attack.
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See LOCKLEDGE, page 5