UNC System School Facing Crisis With State Budget Shortfall

The state budget crisis could cause local universities to go into crisis mode.

Chancellor Steve Ballard at East Carolina University wrote a piece in the Daily Reflector Newspaper Sunday, reporting three hundred million dollars in cuts could cripple academics and cause excellent faculty to leave.

He adds, this could lead to the university's inability to compete.

Elizabeth City State University is asking the state legislature to reconsider the cuts to the state's universities, as they would face firing faculty and enlarging classrooms sizes.


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  • by ace Location: plymouth on May 5, 2010 at 05:04 AM
    The UNC system is for education not sports. Trim the money from the sports programs before cutting back on the education. Sports help a few people for a short time while an education help a lot of people all their lives.
  • by Tom Location: Greenville on May 4, 2010 at 10:38 PM
    Wait a minute here. I see a $300 million figure and then I read in a Press Release only $10 million. At UNC-CH the number is $11.8 million and they say no firings of faculty...furloughs. Where did the $300 million scare number come from? Investigate
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on May 4, 2010 at 06:50 AM
    Hey Dave, good question, considering UNC Public Television gets MILLIONS from Golden Leaf, over 300 million, according to Henry Hinton.
  • by Pirateman Location: Greenville on May 4, 2010 at 06:18 AM
    Let the Finance and Business instructors run the Universities! Hee! Hee! That would be too funny. Proof positive those who can do; those who can't teach!!
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on May 4, 2010 at 05:54 AM
    Random comment bizarre fact bad grammar bad logic bad punctuation = Obama Skunk Smell Comment. And we all "benefit" from your wisdom.
  • by voter Location: nc on May 3, 2010 at 09:50 PM
    snake;; it's about time you demonstrated the sharpness of your scalpel. i thought you were getting mellow on me. fruity; i have yet to determine, any of the comments by snake and cactus are anything but accurate and insightful. i'll stand with the big dogs.
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2010 at 09:08 PM
    ecu was just bragging about raising 200 milion
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on May 3, 2010 at 08:13 PM
    Furloughs may be a good option; that's what is happening at UNC-Chapel Hill. As you all know, academic research will be one of the main areas affected by the budget crunch. Thus, professors will likely teach more classes since they will not have as much funding for research projects. The budget crunch will also likely have an effect on undergraduate laboratory programs which are an essential component of education in the UNC system schools. Another thing that has been done at Carolina is the elimination of redundant administrative positions that did not really increase the efficiency of the University. There is still more that needs to be done, but this is a step in the right direction.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on May 3, 2010 at 05:05 PM
    I went back to college when I was about 50=51 years. I wanted a degree, did not matter what degree, so I settled on "political science", believe me all the prof. were liberal except one who happen to have been a gunner on a Viet Nam search and destroy river boat.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on May 3, 2010 at 04:10 PM
    Bigfruityrottenbasket, so the truth from Fox bothers you instead of the hooey you get from Bill Maher? Your master of spin. Really? I post the facts from NC salaries for all university salaries and you debunk the facts. Well your inability to use the internet, is not my problem. If you need me to post a link, I will be happy to do that. Just because you don't make the salaries of you fellow staff, is not a priority of my personal concern. Now, Obama Skunk Smell, the only way to get rid of the smell is for R in November and the smell will eventually go away. I know, its hard to deal with...but you still have a couple of years and months to deal with the smell. Now be a good little girl and go play in the sandbox...just remember, don't eat the tootsie rolls.....a strange cat has been hanging around there.
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