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UNC panel recommends 8.8 percent tuition increase

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) -- A University of North Carolina Board of Governors committee has recommended a proposal that would see college costs rise by more than $400 per student on average.

The committee made its recommendation Thursday in Chapel Hill, a day before the full board is scheduled to vote on the proposal.

UNC System President Tom Ross is recommending increases that average nearly 9 percent, running from $199 at UNC-Pembroke to $676 at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Ross says the increases will only make up for about 17 percent of the $414 million cut from the system's budget by lawmakers last year.

The 16 university campuses and the School of Science and Math in Durham have eliminated more than 3,000 employees since then.

Students are planning demonstrations to protest the proposal Friday.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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UNC System Tuition Increase

Solution: Freeze state employee tuition waiver

In other words, make state employees attending college pay their own tuition. No more free rides!

UNC Tuition Increase

Unbelievable. The University needs to cut some administrative costs and salaries.

Cut what?

The state has already cut $414M and 3000+ people have been laid off just this year - that's on the heels of cuts in 2009 as well. Classroom sizes are shrinking, libraries hours are being reduced...so how does cutting salaries put a dent in those kinds of horrific cuts? Contrary to popular belief, salaries for most state employees are within $1800/year of similar workers in the private sector...The North Carolina "compensation gap" is 32nd in the nation. Yet state employees are FORCED to participate in the state-run retirement plan that milks 10% of the employee's salary every month, and they pay higher health insurance rates than most businesses. In NC higher education there are 21,500+ "instructors" with an average, full-time salary of $73,000. Most have been employed for over 10 years. As for the 38,000 staff, or "non-instructional employees" at our universities, the salary average is only $44,800. Yes, my wife works in higher education as a staff member. And she regularly puts in 50 hours a week, she never sees overtime compensation, she loses 10% of her paycheck every month to a mandatory retirement plan and she took a 35% pay cut, eight years ago, to do the exact same job she did for a private company. Perception vs. reality? If students want our world-class education, then someone has to pony-up. Many North Carolina universities are regularly ranked as "Best Deals" in Kiplinger's and US News and World Report...I say jack the rates up for out-of-state students, reduce costs by switching over to e-Books instead of hard copy textbooks and eliminate all the "non-academic" activities, like funding for clubs, sponsoring events and putting on concerts...sure, that will impact the community as well, but the job of a college is to educate, not entertain.

Count your blessings

At least your wife has a job. That's better than a lot of people are doing these days. And think about the guys on the back of trash trucks who barely make minimum wage, but they still have a mandatory 6% taken out for retirement, they haven't seen an increase in almost 5 years, and health premiums have gone up steadily.

I understand your frustration. Everybody wants and needs more money these days. But try to remember that there are many others who are much worse off than you and your wife.

Since you sound like a really intelligent person, I'm really hoping you're working too, and not just living off your wife's salary alone. If so, then you have TWO incomes. Some people don't have that either. There are many single moms out there trying to support their kids on their single salary alone.

My point is...there's always someone who's worse off than you are. Count your blessings.

The only complaint I was

The only complaint I was highlighting was the false assumption state employees, specifically those working at colleges, are overpaid. Or that departments are overstaffed, hence the tuition increase. Our colleges have cut fat, muscle, sawed through bone and now they've popped out the other side. North Carolina remains one of the best deals in the nation for higher education - so, if you want a world-class education, then be prepared to pay for it; work hard in high school to secure scholarships, apply for internships, get a job -like I did- stocking shelves for minimum wage and 20-hours a week while attending school. A mere 35% of students apply and receive financial aid to attend our state schools...like a home, a college education is a lifetime investment. So, who should pay for it? It should be the students who will benefit from the education, not thru taxes on retirees, couples without children, empty-nesters...

Cut what

Cut all state and local government contributions to pension plans.Pay 70% of your health care. This is whats happening in the private sector. www.wwaytv3.com/2011/03/22/plan-puts-nc-health-insurance-chopping-block

I'm a state employee earning

I'm a state employee earning $39,500 a year after 11 years of service as an administrative assistant. I've not had a raise in six years. My $3100.00 monthly paycheck decreases to less than $1700.00 after I pay; $3 for AD&D, $72 for dental, $118 Federal Tax, $250 Mandatory Retirement, $208 FlexMedical, $4 Life Insurance, $38 Medicare, $110 NC Tax, $485.00 for a 70/30 health plan for myself, $25 to park my car in a remote parking lot, $109 to Social Security and $20 for a vision plan that costs me $50 a visit. As you can see, the belief that state benefits are far-and-above those in the private sector are delusional, at best.