Students Will Spend Fewer Days in Class
50 years ago
in the Review
The Alumni Review
was first published in
October 1912. We
are marking this
anniversary year by
looking back at some
of what has appeared
in these pages. In
this issue, we revisit
the year 1952.
Students likely will enjoy a shorter school year starting in fall 2003. Carolina is making acade.rnic calendar adjustments after the UNC System Board of Governors in February gave the nod to allow the 16 campuses more flexibility.
The UNC System is moving away from a standard of75 class days per semester estab-
lished five years ago for all the campuses.
Now, the 75 days will include the final exam period, which will reduce the number
of class days per semester to 70 at Carolina. The calendar for 2002-03 is expected to
reflect part of this change, with the complete change corning in 2003-04.
"What it does is respond to a need for flexibility on campus," said Gretchen Bataille,
senior vice president for academic affairs.
The change will help coordinate calendars to make it easier for Carolina students to
take classes at other schools. There has been a particular effort
to get Carolina's academic calendar to more closely match
Duke's, initiated by the Robertson Scholars program. Robert-
son Scholars will cross over extensively between the two uru-
versities. (Related story, page 42.)
Carolina faculty pushed for the change and began in
mid-2001 to solicit support from the other UNC System
campuses. Carolina students went to class 174 days per year
in 1968. The number never has been that high since, drop-
ping as low as 132 in 1987.
Installment Payment Plan
Offered for Tuition
An estimated 1,665
alumni and guests
representing 15 class
years gathered for
the three-day spring
reunion program. For
Commencement weekend, the University
the 735 guests wishing
to stay one or more
nights on campus.
Many were accommo-
dated in the new men's
dorm - Cobb Hall.
The graduating class of
1952 totaled 1,832.
more on page 4
Some UNC students and parents soon may pay tuition every month, instead of twice a year, under the University's new install-
ment payment plans for next academic year.
The payment options are designed to help
manage higher bills. Ne:l\.'t year's students will
face UNC's one-time $300 tuition increase and
a possible 4. 8 percent UNC System increase.
Tn-state undergraduates currently pay $3,278 in
tuition and fees per year.
University Controller Dennis Press ' 75 said
three plans would be available - a five-month
payment plan per semester and 10- and 12-
month plans per year. Initial payments wou.ld be
required before the semester began. Now, stu-
dents and parents must pay tuition in £llll before
the semester begins.
"An advantage of the plan is not having to
pay tuition and fees in one lump sum," said
Press."Tlus will spread payments out and allow
students and parents to pay after the norn'1al
Installment plans already are offered at 14
UNC System schools and other private univer-
sities and colleges, and N.C. State University is
considering the idea.
UNC hired a private company to collect
tuition payments, wluch Press said was a com-
mon practice that saves administrative efforts
othelwise borne by the University. Additional
fees therefore will accompany the new options.
Tuition Management Systems of Newport,
R.I., will charge students and parents $40 to use
the five-month plan and $55 to use the 10- or
Press said TMS expects a significant number
offan1ilies to choose the installment options
and that the University would mail all the nec-
essary information soon. Initial payments for
the five- and 10-month plans are due June 1,
and the initial payment for the 12-month plan
is due April 1.
CAKOLINA ALUMNI REVIEW