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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina's public universities facing recession-driven budget cuts are losing top professors to well-heeled competing colleges.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday that more professors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are leaving for higher pay elsewhere. They often take research projects with them.

The school has lost 53 of 77 faculty members recruited by universities during the last academic year, only about half the retention rate of most years.

North Carolina State University Provost Warwick Arden says budget cuts last year forced faculty to do more teaching.

The House has proposed cutting $175 million from the UNC system's budget, forcing cuts of about 1,700 faculty and staff positions.

Information from: The News & Observer

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