Universities Budget Cuts Allocated, $49 Million Cut For ECU

The University of North Carolina system is sharing the pain of a $414 million budget cut lawmakers told them to divide, with the state's flagship campus taking the biggest hit.

A panel of the 16-campus university system's Board of Governors allocated the cuts Thursday. Legislators ordered that the spending cuts averaging 16 percent couldn't be applied across the board. East Carolina University's is 16% or $49 million. Some favored programs like turfgrass research at North Carolina State University were given some protection by lawmakers.

The system's budget panel decided UNC-Chapel Hill will lose 18 percent, or more than $100 million this year. University leaders warned three months ago that a budget cut of this size would result in about 9,000 fewer course offerings and loss of 1,500 faculty jobs statewide.


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  • by poor college kid Location: Greenville on Jul 11, 2011 at 06:35 AM
    I get that budget cuts have to be made but why on earth would you make such drastic cuts to education? Cutting education funding is setting us up for a poorer, less educated future as a country.
  • by To Puh-Leez Location: enc on Jul 9, 2011 at 05:06 PM
    You think the costs are high at ECU and UNC-CH? You want to stop supporting them with taxes? Take a look at the cost of ANY private college in this state-then tell me you want all of them to be the same! You, obviously, haven't had to educate a college student lately at a non-state university!
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      by Puh-Leez on Jul 10, 2011 at 08:04 AM in reply to To Puh-Leez
      I told you what I think.....deal with it.
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      by funny farm on Jul 11, 2011 at 07:32 AM in reply to To Puh-Leez
      more importantly, take a look at in-state tuition for state colleges in other states and you'll realize what a bargain ECU and other UNC schools truly are...
  • by To Puh-Leez Location: enc on Jul 9, 2011 at 10:40 AM
    I thought I made it clear. First, support American workers through e-mails, phone calls, and standing with them ie. the teachers demonstrating in Raleigh. Second, push for closing loop holes in taxes which enable corporations making millions and not paying their taxes. We recouped taxes from those "hiding" money in out-of-country banks earlier this year-do more with off-shore accounts. Stop giving tax money to oil companies! Stop giving tax breaks to companies who are out-sourcing. Change the tax codes so that millionaries can NOT pay taxes based on the "capital gains" at 16% when it is, in fact, their "income". Hold banks and any company that owes the US money within a "budget" for bonuses. Crack down on "tax exempt" organizations which are nothing more than shells for political organizations. What are your ideas?
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      by Puh-Leez on Jul 9, 2011 at 02:55 PM in reply to To Puh-Leez
      I was referring to the topic, which is cuts to the universities. My personal thoughts as to a solution to THAT problem is for universities to be self supporting from tuition. The cost per student is already very high at these universities. Add up the tuition per year per student, that should be the basis for the yearly budget. Waste at these institutions is rampant. As to my solutions for the government problems in general. Big cuts in spending across the board, eliminate many gov't departments, shrink the federal government, allow the states to tackle their own issues, eliminate the IRS, go to some form of consumption tax, phase out being the world's police force, and secure our borders. I cannot be more specific than that.
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        by To Puh-Leez on Jul 9, 2011 at 05:02 PM in reply to Puh-Leez
        Thank you,Libertarian. Now, let's just hope we are never attacked, nor have natural disasters, don't need new roads, bridges, electricity, phones, police, garbage disposal, firemen, etc!
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          by Puh-Leez on Jul 10, 2011 at 08:03 AM in reply to To Puh-Leez
          You can not read dude. What do you think, that the government is a support for your lifestyle? God help us all! Love how you ignore everything I put out as an answer, and just go back to mantras and talking points. Hey, I gave you my answer, if it isn't good enough for you, then TOO BAD. Move on and go haggle with someone else. Oh, and try to come up with a name(I know it must be hard for you).
  • by Anonymous on Jul 9, 2011 at 10:33 AM
    49 million to steve ballard and terry holland, is a drop in the bucket. the waste at every university is rampart. it is what it is and will probably never change. a university is a business, education is not even in the top five. football is the number one driver for the university. just look at the stadium vs the dorms at ecu. no rocket science here. you hear and see more about ecu atheletics on espn than you ever hear about their research or graduation rates, their party ranking is pretty good as well. this is fact not fiction.
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      by fact checker on Jul 11, 2011 at 07:27 AM in reply to
      the stadium is privately funded, the dorms are state funded. FACT NOT FICTION. ESPN is a Sports channel and thus, covers SPORTING EVENTS. there is no channel that covers DORM EVENTS. again...FACT NOT FICTION. you're dimwitted and sad. again...FACT NOT FICTION.
  • by Alumni Location: Morehead City on Jul 9, 2011 at 04:22 AM
    I received my Master's Degree in May 2010. I spent the whole six years of my college education at this university. I would like to emphasize the professor evaluations all students complete at the end of every semester for all teachers and courses. Some of the professors who are not classified as "tenured" and whose job security is most "at-risk," are the better educators & researchers. At the end of the day, it always felt better leaving class knowing that my tuition fees were paying off with the salaries of these professors. I know that all the other students in my program cohort, also, made sure to reflect this difference in methods of quality education and overall compassion on these evaluations. I hope that each college/program at ECU uses those evaluations when making budget cut determinations.
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      by me oh my on Jul 11, 2011 at 07:29 AM in reply to Alumni
      i imagine the evals will be a part of the formula, but it's going to boil down to cold hard cash. is the program bringing in cash? yes - you get to stay (if you're a decent instructor). no - bye-bye.
  • by Taxpayer Location: martin co on Jul 8, 2011 at 05:13 PM
    Maybe they should start by cutting the football and basketball programs,,get rid of the thugs and try to assist a kid that is trying to get an education.
  • by A teacher Location: Winterville on Jul 8, 2011 at 03:14 PM
    Instead of continually cutting the budget for education, revamp where the lottery money can be used. Funny you can build a school, stock it with all the latest technology but you can't hire nor pay a teacher's salary. Great job Perdue. Great to see that a former teacher is helping to ruin education.
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      by To A teacher on Jul 8, 2011 at 09:01 PM in reply to A teacher
      Can you say "over ride"? She is fighting a battle alone! Did you go demonstrate in Raleigh? Did you support your fellow teachers?
  • by ENC Location: G-ville on Jul 8, 2011 at 12:47 PM
    For those of you complaining about ECU. Check this site and compare ECU employee salaries to those at UNC or any other school. You want cuts, UNC should be the one with the majority of cuts. They are probably the most overhyped and overinflated school in the entire system. Who cares if they were the first university. In today's economy that shouldn't even be considered when making cuts. Site link for those who already don't know about it: http://apps.newsobserver.com/know/uncga/
  • by GVEGAS on Jul 8, 2011 at 11:03 AM
    Where is the NC lottery money going to? Oh wait, that's right, Perdue's pocket!
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      by To GVEGAS on Jul 8, 2011 at 09:00 PM in reply to GVEGAS
      Go look it up!! It is explained in detail on line!
  • by Me Location: NC on Jul 8, 2011 at 10:46 AM
    It will take longer than 4 years for students to graduate. Why? Classes will be cut as professors leave ECU for other states. Class size will increase. Indigent care for patients at ECU Physicians comes from the university budget. It costs millions a year to care for sick folks who cannot afford to pay for health care who come from Eastern NC. Less health care will be the norm, not more. However, there are good folks who work at ECU. They will make it when other universities struggle. They have always been used to doing more with less.
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