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Provost Discloses Possible Figures for Tuition Hike
By Jordan Bartel
Provost Robert Shelton outlined four
possible tuition-increase scenarios
Monday that UNC’s Task Force on
Tuition will consider today -one of which
would almost double in-state tuition.
The task force will hold its final meet
ing, which is expected to last about two
hours and is open to all students, at 1:30
p.m. today in 105 South Building.
Task force members will outline a
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Salary Concerns May Affect Tuition
According to the Annual Faculty
Salary Survey for the 2000-01
academic year, UNC ranks 29th
out of 86 research institutions.
By Michael McKnight
In an effort to compete with some of the
nation’s best public universities for faculty,
University administrators might soon reach into
students’ wallets for the second time in two years.
Faculty leaders and University administra
tors have long argued that UNC’s faculty com
pensation - which is below its peer institutions’
- negatively affects retention and recruitment.
The UNC Board of Trustees is expected to
act on a tuition proposal, which might fund fac
ulty salary increases, Jan. 24.
Tuition Hikes May Deter Low-Income Students
By Addie Slider
Fewer students from low-income areas
have been applying to UNC since the
University’s last campus-initiated tuition
increase, according to data presented at a
Jan. 9 Task Force on Tuition meeting.
Admissions data indicates that there
has been a steady decline in applicants
from low-income high schools and
counties since the last campus-initiated
tuition increase passed in 1999.
The number of applicants from low
income counties has dropped 5.5 percent
Town Council Revisits Potential Rental Licensing Program
By Jenny Huang
The Chapel Hill Town Council eval
uated recommendations to implement a
rental licensing program that could give
students and other renters the opportu
nity to research the complaint history of
At its regular business meeting
Tuesday night, the Town Council dis
cussed the merits of the rental licensing
proposal, which would require local
tuition increase recommendation that
will go before the UNC Board of
Trustees onjan. 24.
Shelton said the possible scenarios he
anticipated are no increase, a S2OO
increase per year for five years, a S4OO
yearly increase for five years or a S6OO
yearly increase for five years. “We will
discuss a handful, three or four or so, of
tuition scenarios that range from no
tuition increase to increasing increments
of S2OO a year,” Shelton said.
The committee also is expected to
But some experts say it will take more than
large paychecks to attract professors to Chapel
Hill and to keep existing faculty from leaving
for greener pastures.
Not Measuring Up
The Annual Faculty Salary Survey adminis
tered by the American Association of
University Professors ranked UNC 29th out of
86 public and private research institutions
whose salaries it surveyed during the 2000-01
That ranking places UNC behind the
University of California-Berkeley, the
University of Virginia, the University of
Michigan-Ann Arbor and the University of
California-Los Angeles - widely considered to
be its four closest peer institutions.
UNC professors earned an average salary of
$100,900 last year -a salary figure that places
UNC eight slots behind its nearest public com
since 1999, compared to a 0.2 percent
drop in applicants from all income levels.
Similarly, the number of applicants
from low-income high schools has fallen
13.3 percent, compared with 1.8 percent
for high schools overall.
Provost Robert Shelton, who is a co
chairman of the Task Force on Tuition,
which will meet today to craft a tuition
increase proposal, said the decline might
be caused by misperception about
“Our marketing studies show that
everyone thinks we’re more expensive
than we actually are,” Shelton said. “We
property owners to purchase a rental
license for each dwelling unit and com
plete an application with contact infor
mation that would be compiled into a
database for public record.
“(The rental licensing program) deals
with issue of absentee landlords,” said
Lee Conner, a student member of the
Rental Licensing Task Force. “I think it’s
beneficial because a lot of students don’t
know who their true landlord is, and if
they have problems, they don’t know
who to contact.”
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finalize a draft of
possible needs a
could address, fin
ishing a discussion
that began at the
A draft of the
written by Shelton
last week, identi-
petitor, the University of Michigan, where pro
fessors earn an average of $105,200 a year.
Lynn Williford, UNC institutional research
director, who is in charge of compiling infor
mation about faculty salaries, said salary hikes
in previous years have slightly reduced the size
of the salary gap in the short term.
But she said such increases have not kept up
with the increases offered by peer institutions in
the long run, meaning UNC continues to
remain consistently behind its peers.
Bridging the Gap
Provost Robert Shelton said Task Force on
Tuition members will consider the effects of
four different scenarios - no tuition increase or
increases of S2OO, S4OO or S6OO per year for the
next five years - during today’s meeting.
Shelton said he does not know which of the
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have to do a much better job of com
municating that UNC is affordable.”
The UNC Board of Trustees is
expected to act on the tuition task force’s
recommendationsjan. 24 and is expect
ed to raise tuition yet again.
Shelton said potential applicants in
low-income areas might be misled by
highly publicized news of tuition
increases and might think the school is
unaffordable. “We need to be sure we
get the word out to rural areas and low
income high schools,” he said.
Senior Eric Johnson, a member of the
tuition task force, also attributed the drop
The task force was created to address
varying concents from property owners,
students and local officials. A finalized
proposal was sent to the Town Council
on March 26, 2001.
The goals of the rental licensing pro
gram are to maintain building codes and
increase landlord accountability,
But some town officials voiced con
cern that many landlords might not
want their property history to become
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fied a need for increased faculty salaries
and graduate student stipends as an impe
tus for the possible tuition hike. The prin
ciples also include a guarantee for finan
cial aid support to students and a sense of
predictability for future tuition increases.
At its meeting today, the task force will
use the principles as a guide to evaluate
Shelton’s four scenarios and any other
proposals members might put forth.
Based on today’s discussion, members
will draft a formal document oudining
tuition-increase scenarios and the need
in applications to a lack of knowledge
about UNC’s financial aid and said he
hopes that a proactive communication
strategy will stop the downward trend.
“It’s all going to depend on how well
we communicate accessibility of finan
cial aid and how it works,"Johnson said.
But many students and administrators
said the financial aid office is doing a
commendable job of ensuring that UNC
is affordable for needy students. “The
financial aid office has done a great job
of (ensuring) that anyone who wants to
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“(Property owners) feel that the rental
licensing would impact them in deciding
not to register with the database or stop
renting,” said council member Pat
Evans. “They’re worried students may
just log online to all that data and see
who has the most complaints."
But Conner said the licensing pro
gram was created for the purpose of
increasing renter awareness of landlord
history. “People that are complaining to
(Evans) don’t want to comply with the
law,” Conner said. “I have a feeling that
for additional tuition revenue by Jan. 17.
Since its first meeting Dec. 11, the 14-
person tuition committee has met only
once - on Jan 9. A meeting was can
celed due to snow during Winter Break.
After a monthlong debate about
issues related to a tuition increase, task
force members believe today’s meeting
will lead to a clearer picture of the
tuition proposal. “This will be important
because the whole series of previous
meetings have seemed to lead up to
this,” said sociology Professor Rachel
To Draft Tuition Plan
Student government members will
create a tuition proposal to present
to the BOT to ensure that student
recommendations are fairly heard.
By Lizzie Breyer
In an effort to take tuition matters into their own
hands, members of student government announced
Monday that they intend to draft their own tuition
plan to submit to the UNC Board of Trustees.
Members of Student Body President Justin
Young’s Cabinet said they will meet three times this
week, starting tonight, to come up with their own
The move for a student-initiated proposal stems
from student leaders’ dissatisfaction with their ability
to influence the Task Force on Tuition -a committee
of students, faculty and administrators that is drafting
recommendations for the Jan. 24 BOT meeting.
“Instead of simply saying, ‘No, we don’t want a
tuition increase,’ we are trying to take a more
proactive approach and give our stance on it and
say how we think a tuition increase should be
implemented,” said Frances Ferris, external rela
tions committee chairwoman for the executive
branch of student government.
Ferris said she and other student leaders plan to
research the history of tuition increases at UNC and
to develop a proposal for how much tuition should
be increased and where the money should go.
The resulting proposal will be presented to the
BOT by Young, a voting member of the board.
Ferris said she thinks this strategy is necessary
because students’ voices are not being heard.
“We’re trying to do something different,” she said.
“(Students on the task force) are finding they make
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most (landlords) will be willing to fill out
a form for $6,000 in rent.”
Students and local residents alike
have identified several problems with
“My apartment was roach-infested, I
could barely use my commode, and my
kitchen sink stayed stopped up for two
months,” said Kara Baldwin, a former res
ident of Sykes Street “You don’t want to
put up a resistance because you’re afraid
you might get put out (by the landlord.)”
Baldwin and other residents said they
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Rosenfeld, a committee member.
Shelton said he feels the committee
has adhered to its original strategy. “Our
first step was to identify principles for an
increase, and the second step was to
determine specific means to call for an
increase," Shelton said. “The third step
was to establish specific tuition increase
scenarios, so all we need to do now is
think quantitatively about the issue.”
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suggestions and are not given
the attention they deserve.”
Young said he thinks the stu
dent government proposal will
provide a crucial perspective.
“In my eyes, there are con
cerns out there for students,
and the opportunity is pre
senting itself to make the case
known,” he said.
Young said he is not con
cerned about a conflict of
interest between his role as
co-chairman of the task force
and his intention to present
the new proposal. “I’m look
ing for as much feedback as
possible to help the Board of Trustees make the
best, most educated decision,” he said. “Sitting on
the task force gives me a perspective that allows me
to make the best, most educated presentation.”
Provost Robert Shelton, who is co-chairman of
the committee with Young, said he is in favor of
Young presenting his own proposal to the BOT.
“If I were on the Board of Trustees, I’d want as
much consideration and input on this topic as I
could get,” he said. “If the students are coming up
with their own proposal, I would welcome that if I
were on the Board of Trustees.”
Young said he thinks a tuition increase is inevitable
but said he hopes the BOT incorporates the student
proposal in deciding where the money should go.
“We’re not saying ‘No, no, no, don’t raise tuition,’ but
we’re calling for a more rational approach.”
The meetings to draft the proposal will be held
at 7 p.m. today, Wednesday and Thursday in Suite
C and are open to all students.
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hope the implementation of the pro
posed licensing program would improve
their living standards and enforce land
“I would support (the rental license pro
gram) because things would have to be up
to code, inspections would have to be con
ducted annually, and it wouldn’t just be
paint and plaster,” Baldwin said. “It would
make the apartment more livable.”
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will present the plan
to the Board of
Trustees on Jan. 24.