UNC system should change enrollment money formula

By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The Legislature's watchdog agency says the way University of North Carolina campuses calculate how much money they need to teach more students is error-prone.

The Program Evaluation Division presented a report Wednesday on the formula for 15 of the 17 campuses that led to an increase of $386 million in funding over a five-year period. The report says the formula lacks proper documentation and creates inaccurate funding requests. The report also says the formula doesn't reward schools for academic performance.

The findings come two weeks after the UNC system said it's considering whether to tie enrollment growth funding to academic performance. The report recommends the General Assembly require that performance element.

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Please don't let the schools raise tuition again! Because my child is not an athlete, a minority or a genius and we aren't living in poverty (yet) we get no breaks.

Therefore we are paying 100% of the "sticker price" for my child's education. $6000 tuition, $1000 or more for books, plus parking, plus food, plus dorm.

My child had an excellent GPA and is a good student, but others get all the scholarship money. So we rake and scrape or face years of college loan payoffs.

Cut somewhere else, maybe those horribly inflated professor salaries?