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BOG to Confirm Tuition Plans Within Week
By Emma Burgin
The UNC-system Board of Governors
will continue a series of tuition discussions
tonight, focusing on the possible ramifica
tions of several tuition increase proposals.
The board is slated to take a final vote
on tuition levels for the UNC system on
Board members said today’s tuition
workshop, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the
BOG May Hear
ASG Plan for $1
Student Fee Hike
The ASG has plans to request a systemwide
fee that aims make the association's
budget equal to those of its peer groups.
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Assistant State & National Editor
The UNC-system Board of Governors could consider a
request this week from the UNC-system Association of
Student Governments to increase student fees by $1 at each
of the 16 system campuses.
The BOG Budget and Finance Committee must approve
the request before it is presented to the full board. ASG
President Andrew Payne said Monday
that he was not sure whether the increase
would be presented to the committee
today or at its Wednesday meeting.
Payne said he expects the committee
to react favorably to the request because
it has strong student support. He added
that he thinks the proposal is reasonable.
“It’s very simple,” he said. “The stu
dents want it. It’s a dollar and will put us
on par with other student organizations
across the country.”
The fee increase would raise the ASG
budget to about $160,000. The ASG’s
budget for this year is about $2,500.
The ASG is currendy funded by dues
from each of the 16 UNC-system cam-
ASG representatives have said funding from the fee
increase would build an operating budget for the ASG and
would help delegates mount statewide campaigns in support
of students and assist with travel expenses. The money also
would pay for several full-time staff members to help improve
continuity from one ASG administration to the next.
Payne said the BOG should look at the increase as an oppor
tunity to join forces with students. “The board will see that it’s a
great partnership with the students of North Carolina,” he said.
If passed, the $1 fee will be the first systemwide student fee
increase approved by the BOG.
But BOG member Jim Phillips, who is a member of the
Budget and Finance Committee, said he is not sure whether the
committee will react favorably to the ASG’s request. He said he
needed more information before he could properly consider the
resolution. “I haven’t talked to (Payne) yet,” Phillips said. “And
I don’t want to say anything until I’ve talked with him about it.”
But Payne said he hopes the increase passes because it
would heighten the power of UNC-system students.
“I think the student voice in the state isn’t fully heard,” he
said. “(The expanded budget) will empower the students.”
Staff Writer Emma Burgin contributed to this story.
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Duke 'Drills' Tar Heels, Snags ACC Crown
UNC held a 12-point lead
late in the game but could
not withstand Duke guard
Alana Beard's onslaught.
By lan Gordon
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UNC-system General Administration
building, will feature a debate about the
merits of several proposals concerning
changes to the board’s tuition policy.
A BOG Budget and Finance
Committee meeting - where BOG
members will begin to hammer out a
specific tuition-increase proposal - will
immediately follow tonight’s workshop.
One plan would raise tuition sys
temwide by 10 percent, using the money
to fund enrollment growth and need
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As system leaders continue to debate the merits of a tuition increase, officials and students are trying to answer the question
of how high tuition can go before violating the constitutional mandate, which some consider vague and difficult to enforce.
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expects it will pass.
N.C. Constitution Shapes Tuition
Some officials say guidelines for
tuition in the state constitution
are vague and must be applied
practically to current situations.
By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
A recent wave of tuition increase proposals
in the UNC system has caused some to ques
tion the meaning of a constitutional mandate
designed to govern tuition policy at the state’s
public institutions of higher education.
Article IX, Section 9 of the N.C. Constitution
states: “The (N.C.) General Assembly shall pro
vide 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.”
The phrase “as far as practicable” and its
meaning have caused debate among state leaders
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The scoreboard reads “70-70.”
Although the Blue Devils had
outscored their opponents by an aver
age of 20.7 points, the practice time
simulation would prove worthwhile.
That’s because when the Greensboro
Coliseum scoreboard showed that with
four minutes remained in ACC
Tournament title game against North
Carolina, there it was, just like they had
practiced: Duke 70, UNC 70.
The Tar Heels could only have
wished the Blue Devils weren’t as battle-
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based financial aid. The plan, which was
first discussed at a BOG tuition work
shop two weeks ago, would limit cam
pus-initiated tuition hikes to $250 at five
UNC-system schools, including UNC-
Chapel Hill. All other UNC-system
schools could raise tuition by only S2OO.
The boards of trustees at both UNC
CH and N.C. State University have asked
the BOG for a S4OO tuition increase. All
told, 13 UNC-system schools have
brought tuition increase requests of vary
tested. Shortly after the 16-minute mark,
Duke grabbed the lead for good to cap
off an undefeated ACC regular season
with a three-game sweep in the tourna
ment, beating UNC 87-80 before 9,204.
“I hope our practices have paid off,”
said Duke coach Gail Goestenkors.
“And certainly we have had such big
leads through many of the ACC games
that we know we have to prepare our
selves to be tied or be behind.”
Throughout the game, Duke (27-3)
used a two-headed attack of Monique
Currie and Alana Beard to score against
the Tar Heels’ varied defensive sets.
In the first half, the Blue Devils went to
Currie. UNC (24-8) was unable to keep
Currie out of the paint. The 6-foot fresh
man got into the lane with ease through
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ing amounts to the BOG this year.
BOG Chairman Ben Ruffin said
board members will weigh the needs of
both UNC-CH and N.C. State but also
have to consider the rest of the campus
es in the system. “We will look at their
specific needs, but we also have to look
at the total system,” Ruffin said.
Ruffin said he hopes to come up with
a tuition plan that provides badly need
ed revenue for the system during the
state’s fiscal crisis while keeping costs for
whose interpretation of the wording might deter
mine how much students pay to attend college.
John Sanders, a former BOG member and
staff adviser to the General Assembly in 1968,
when the state constitution was redrafted and
the tuition mandate was added, said the inter
pretation given to Article IX, Section 9 has var
ied throughout time.
“It doesn’t have a specific meaning that you
can go in court and get enforced,” Sanders said.
“It’s a general admonition to those who are
involved in the administration of the universi
ty to keep the costs as low as practicable.”
Sanders said the section also was intended to
allow universities to be able to raise out-of-state
tuition to remain competitive with schools in
Andrew Payne, president of the UNC-system
Association of Student Governments, said the
sentiment of the section means UNC-system
schools should be totally free to North
Carolinians. “I think (Article IX, Section 9)
means that North Carolinians should be able to
out the first half and drew foul after foul
against UNC’s late-rotating defense.
Currie hit all 10 of her free throws before
the break en route to a 20-point first half.
But the Tar Heels’ clutch offensive
rebounding and Duke’s inability to find
another first-half scoring option allowed
UNC to cling to a 38-37 halftime lead.
North Carolina went to the glass early
and often, securing 16 offensive boards in
the first half alone. And UNC eventually
found success with its inside-out offense
to take a one-point lead at the break.
UNC then came out in the second
half with a renewed defensive intensity.
With 15:29 left in the game, UNC’s
Coretta Brown stole the ball from Krista
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students reasonable. The state is facing a
budget shortfall of about S9OO million
for the 2001-02 fiscal year, prompting
some to speculate that policymakers will
be more receptive to increasing tuition.
“I hope we can come out with a solu
tion that has a minimum amount of
impact on students,” he said.
Ruffin said that the tuition increase is
a double-edged sword and that there is no
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attend (public universities) free of cost,” Payne
said. “And that includes tuition, fees and room
and board. In my eyes, it’s not vague at all. ...
I think that people who want'to raise tuition
want to interpret it as vague.”
But UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor James
Moeser said Article IX, Section 9 is difficult to
interpret. “I don’t think anyone knows what the
terms ‘practicable’ or ‘free of expense’ mean
because there is no such thing in higher educa
tion,” Moeser said.
In the end, Payne said, the BOG has little
power to interpret or enforce the section because
the General Assembly ultimately sets tuition
rates. The BOG recommends a tuition increase
amount as part of its annual budget, which must
be approved by the General Assembly.
The individual boards of trustees at the 16
system schools can recommend increases,
which then must be approved by the BOG and
the General Assembly.
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The Faculty Council favors a
S4OO campus-based tuition
increase as opposed to the
BOG’s systemwide increase.
By Jeff Silver
A proposal for a one-year, S4OO
tuition increase drafted by UNC-
Chapel Hill administrators earlier this
year received nearly uniform support
from University faculty.
But the same faculty members who
stood behind the administrators’ pro
posal only weeks ago are now almost
unanimously opposed to a different
tuition proposal being considered by
the UNC-system Board of Governors.
Professors say they back the first pro
posal in part because it could immediate
ly raise faculty salaries, but they say the
BOG’s new proposal would negatively
affect faculty and UNC-CH as a whole.
The proposal, suggested by BOG
member Robert Warwick, would cap
UNC-CH’s campus-based increase at
$250 and implement a 10 percent sys
temwide hike for next year.
Because money from the systemwide
increase would be redistributed to each
of the 16 campuses, UNC-CH could
pay more than it would receive.
Money from a campus-initiated
tuition increase would directly fund
improvements at UNC-CH.
The BOG is set to vote on the tuition
increase proposals Wednesday.
Faculty members say they will work
with UNC-CH students, staff and
administrators to convince BOG mem
bers that Warwick’s proposal is not in
the University’s best interest.
At the Feb. 22 Faculty Council meet
ing, UNC-CH professors voiced oppo
sition to Warwick's proposal, saying it
would unfairly penalize UNC-CH stu
dents in the interest of funding improve
ments at other system schools.
Faculty Council Chairwoman Sue
Estroff said that while she understands
the importance of supporting other sys
tem schools, Warwick’s proposal goes
too far. “This goes beyond generosity to
something more,” Estroff said. “It
would be a devastating blow."
Faculty members say they realize it
might seem inconsistent that they fer
vently support the S4OO plan and just as
strongly oppose the new BOG proposal.
“It’s a little difficult to support one
tuition increase and not another,” said
William Smith, a mathematics professor
and Faculty Council member.
But many faculty say Warwick’s pro
posal could warrant involvement in
tuition increase protests orchestrated by
students. “We are facing severe reduc
tions in our capacity to provide a
Chapel Hill education,” Estroff said.
Estroff and others say Warwick’s
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