BOG Decides Against Cap on Tuition Set-Aside for Aid
The UNC System Board of Governors has freed its schools to make their own decisions about how much of the revenue from tuition
increases they will apply to need-based financial aid —
calming fears at Carolina and elsewhere that they
would have to work under restrictions that could
have thinned the ranks of those receiving aid.
In mid-September, the BOG voted to remove
a provision that required the 16 universities in the
system to set aside at least 25 percent of tuition
increase revenues to offset the impact of the increase
in need-based aid recipients.
More importantly for Carolina, which currently sets
aside about 38 percent, there will be no cap.
In the past year, political winds seem to have been
blowing in the direction of a cap because of perceived
taxpayer concerns that full-paying families were help-
ing carry the load for aid recipients.
UNC officials worried about their continued ability
The people who engineered a
decade of construc-
tion that grew
square footage by
50 percent have pub-
lished a book to tell
and their colleagues
elsewhere how they
did it. The Dynamic
Decade: Creating the
for the University
of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill, 2001-
2011 is full of
photos and maps
that show the intent
and execution of a
vast remake of parts
of the campus.
The authors are
David Godschalk ’ 64
(MRP, ’ 71 PhD),
professor of city and
and Jonathan Howes
’ 61 (MRP), former
Chapel Hill mayor
and special assistant
to three chancellors.
to “hold harmless” students who depend on financial
aid to afford college. The “hold harmless” standard
means no qualified student is refused admission because
of inability to pay; as needed, costs are covered by
grants and/or loans. In 2010-11, Carolina provided
$351 million in aid — $189.4 million in outright
grants and $161.6 million in loans. The grants portion
broke down this way: $149.1 million from “
institutional funds,” including tuition set-asides, and private
gifts; $20.4 million from a legislative appropriation; and
$19.9 million from the federal government.
Shirley Ort, Carolina’s associate provost and direc-
tor of scholarships and student aid, said the University’s
ability to determine its own tuition set-aside has been
the “linchpin” of its reputation for accessibility.
The BOG also decided to require a notice be
included with all tuition bills that specifies how the
campus will use new tuition revenues, including need-
Hargrove Chairing Search Committee for New Chancellor
Wade Hargrove ’ 62, chair of the UNC Board of Trustees, is chairing the search committee to recommend a successor to
Chancellor Holden Thorp ’ 86.
Hargrove, who was re-elected to a second term as
chair in July, said the committee represents the board,
students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community. It
will recommend a slate of finalists to the full board,
which votes on recommending candidates to UNC
System President Tom Ross ’ 75 (JD). Ross, in turn,
will recommend a candidate to the system’s Board of
Governors, which elects the new chancellor.
Ross gave the committee its charge at its first orga-
nizational meeting on Oct. 5.
“We are launching a national search to identify the
most qualified person to lead the University,” Har-
grove said. “This is a challenging time for the Univer-
sity and public higher education in general, and our
goal is to build upon the University’s 200-plus years of
Thorp plans to step down June 30 and take a
research leave to prepare to resume teaching.
UNC ranks third among large colleges and universities contributing the greatest number of graduating seniors to Teach For America.
New rankings show Carolina tied with the Univer-
sity of California at Los Angeles on the list; both cam-
puses contributed 75 new graduates to the incoming
teaching corps in 2011.
Eight percent of UNC’s most recent senior class
applied to Teach For America. Throughout Teach For
America’s 22-year history, 542 UNC alumni have
taught as corps members.
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in
1990, it recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and
become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity.
This year, 5,800 individuals joined Teach For Amer-
ica as part of the 2012 corps. They represent more than
600 colleges and universities across the country.
UNC No. 3 in Teach For America Recruits