LAURA BEIUNDSEN HUGHES ' 83
Among May Grads,
the First Robertsons
Of the 2,nO under-
degrees in May, 12 con-
cluded achapter of
one of the most dis-
experiences in America.
The first class of
turned their tassels to
end four years of living
and taking classes at
both UNC and Duke.
"I think they've prob-
ably had the most
unique undergrad expe-
rience in America,"
says Eric Mlyn, head of
the program founded
with $24 million from
Julian H. Robertson Jr.
' 55 and his wife, Josie.
Thirty incoming fresh-
men were selected for
the first class. Of
those, 15 matriculated
at UNC, 15 at Duke.
Nearty haH of UNC's
graduating scholars are
leaving the U.S. to con-
tinue their commibnent
to service; others will
attend graduate school
or start jobs.
You can read more
about the Robertson
online in the May/June
2002 issue of the
Review in the archives
Tuition Autonomy for Research Universities Draws Criticism
The question of whether on certain issues North Carolina's two research universities should be considered apart from the 16-campus UNC
System has resurfaced with the N.C. Senate's approval
of a provision to enable Carolina and N.C. State to set
their own tuition.
The provision, which South Building administrators
say they did not initiate, was criticized by UNC System
President Molly Broad and some members of the UNC
System Board of Governors and by former system Pres-
ident Willianl Friday ' 48 (LLB). The measure was not
included in the budget passed later by the N .C. House.
In late June, legislators from both chambers were work-
ing to reconcile differences in the budget proposals.
Speaking to The News & Observer of Raleigh, which
examined the issue, BOG Chair Brad Wilson said such
a change was "a slippery slope. In my opinion, it's not in
the best interest of North Carolina." Broad said it
would harm the BOG's "fiscal authority and ability to
plan for and govern the university effectively."
Currently, campuses may initiate their own tuition
increases, but the UNC System Board of Governors'
approval is required. The BOG froze in-state tuition
increases for all campuses for 2005-06.
In similar conversations over the years, some state
officials have warned that changes that separate some
campuses from the whole would be steps toward a
breakdown of the system, which could lead to a
chaotic mishmash of separate funding mechanisms.
Carolina and N.C. State were granted the authority to
set their own tuition for one year in 1995.
The state's newspapers generally have been critical
of the tuition autonomy provision. Partly in response
to editorials, Richard "Stick"Wiliiams ' 75, chair of the
UNC Board of Trustees, said in May that Chapel Hill
has no intention of becoming separate from the UNC
System. He said further that Carolina remains conunit-
ted for in-state students to be charged the lowest possi-
ble tuition - which Carolina generally defines as
being within the bottom 25 percentile of tuition
among its peer public universities across the country.
At the sanle time, Williams said that while Carolina
has succeeded in attracting research grants and in
building its endowment through private fundraising, it
is in an intense competition with other schools for
research funds and for faculty. Those cannot be funded
adequately through the existing state model, he said.
Also in the Senate budget is a provision, which would
affect all UNC System schools, to grant in-state tuition
rates to all merit scholarship recipients and scholarship
atlUetes. This would help solve one problem: AtlUetics
booster clubs that pay for athletics scholarships and foun-
dations that sponsor academic scholarships would get a
significant break on the amount of money it costs to rilll
The Morehead Foundation has said it could add 10
Tuition continued on page 5
Carolina Looks to Return to No. 1
- at the Cash Register
Ina merchandising sales slump through early 2005, UNC had lost its reign as the university with the
best-selling athletic licensing products
to the University of Michigan, accord-
ing to the Collegiate Licensing Co.
But since the Tar Heels brought
home a fourth national basketball
championship title in April, UNC
paraphernalia has been flying off
"Local, national and Internet
retailers have reported very good
sales [since the championship win],"
said Derek Lochbaum, UNC's direc-
tor of trademarks and licensing.
"There have been high demands for
products ... and we expect to see a
nice boost in revenue from the
national championship product."
From mid-2004 to April, sales of
UNC merchandise had been down
20 percent from a year earlier, when
net revenue from merchandise carry-
ing UNC logos totaled nearly $3.5
million. Lochbaum said iliat "we're in
good position" to beat last year's num-
bers and return to the top of the sales
chart. Final numbers will be known
this summer. The 1993 men's basket-
ball championship boosted trademark
revenue that year by at least $500,000,
according to UNC officials.
BegilUllng July 1, all revenue from
merchandising will go to UNC's
general scholarship fund.
The men's basketball
reversed UNC's slide in
for the year. All royalties
from those sales now go
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