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UNC budget cuts could cause waves in Wilmington

Colleges in the University of North Carolina school system are facing state proposed budget cuts that could cause drastic changes statewide, including here at UNCW. Campus officials are already dealing with budget cuts from this past year. The new proposal in Raleigh could reduce the school budget by six percent, or about six million dollars. The result would bring restricted travel, less spending, and a reduction in operations like library hours and computer replacements. Students would be affected by tuition increases, and less financial aid. The administration isn't safe either; they could face lay offs. UNCW Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Charles Maimone said, "What we imagine happening if the reductions are significant, we will see higher numbers of students in each classroom, we'll have to reduce the number of sections that we'll have to teach, faculty members will teach more, as a result they will have less time for research and community outreach, which many of our faculty members are involved in." Faculty will have a better understanding of how this will affect the university as the changes develop. The board of governors has to approve tuition and fee increases, then the legislature will decide the state's budget for the 2009 to 2010 year.

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