82 July/August 2014
12. 3 Percent Hike in Out-of-State
Tuition Raises Wide Concern
I read “Enrolling the Brightest” (“Yours
at Carolina” column by Doug Dibbert ’ 70,
May/June Review) with great interest. As
an alumna of UNC and parent of an out-of-state student — Michael Lewis, who is
in the class of ’ 17 — I was shocked last fall
to learn of the N.C. General Assembly’s
decision to bypass the UNC System and
mandate a 12. 3 percent increase in nonresident tuition. While we knew going in that
Carolina would cost substantially more than
the peer institutions in Virginia to which
Michael was admitted (including UVA and
William & Mary), we weren’t prepared to
learn of such a drastic and punitive increase
in tuition, which doesn’t even serve the
University. Had we known, I believe we
would have told Michael that UNC was
out of the question and that he would have
to select one of the Virginia schools.
As it stands now, I don’t want to ask my
son to transfer out of a university to which
he has become attached. In addition to his
academic contributions, Michael is serving
UNC as an orientation leader this summer
and an RA in Hinton James for 2014-15.
He pledged Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity and looks forward to becoming more
involved there. However, we can’t continue
to face additional tuition increases should
the Legislature continue to mandate such
tremendous hikes for nonresidents.
My question is: What can we, as out-of-state parents, do to influence the outcome
of these debates?
My son entered UNC after attending
the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School,
serving the greater Richmond,Va., community. There, he learned the value of studying
and interacting with a diverse body of students from all socioeconomic groups, races,
religions and sexual orientations. He is a
wiser citizen of the world as a result and has
much to share with his peers. In my view,
the N.C. Legislature has much to learn
about the value of living and learning with
others who differ from oneself, including
those from out of state.
Laura Borton Lewis ’ 81
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Thanks for your thoughtful article
“Enrolling the Brightest.” I totally agree.
The character and flavor of UNC is
something that should be appreciated,
managed and kept alive forever. However,
like a good recipe it should be reviewed,
tweaked and modified to make it even
better. There was a time when having 18
percent out-of-state students was enough
to be a great university, but the world has
gotten smaller, and we need to increase this
percentage to keep UNC as part of the elite
group of public universities.
We not only need to increase enrollment of out-of-staters but also smartly
increase recruitment from outside the U.S.
Sparse representation from certain areas of
the country and beyond may allow us to
claim great geographic diversity, but the
benefit of these small populations within
our community are diluted away. To continue with the kitchen analogy, a speck of
pepper is lost in the pot of stew.
Both nonresident and resident students
have commented that the University would
benefit if the out-of-state population were
to increase to 25 to 30 percent. This would
bring it in line with UVA and the University of Michigan. The result would be
greater diversity, increased tuition receipts
and ultimately greater recognition and prestige for UNC and its graduates.
To be a world-class university, we must
continue to attract the best and the brightest from North Carolina and a meaningful
number of the best and brightest from
outside the state. In the long run, the entire
UNC community will benefit.
Stephen Holmes ’ 79
New Canaan, Conn.
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Thank you very much for speaking out
in the “Yours at Carolina” column in the
May/June Review. As a Virginia graduate,
the father of a daughter with three Carolina degrees who attended as an out-of-state student and of a son (also a Virginia
degree holder) who is a currently enrolled
(in-state) Carolina graduate student, I agree
that Carolina must continue to strive for
excellence by attracting and enrolling the
best nationwide, and worldwide, applicants.
As a North Carolina voter and taxpayer, I
will try to do my small part.
William H. Joyner Jr.
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I am a second-generation Tar Heel, and
my son is a third generation. I am afraid the
line might end there as the cost of out-of-state tuition keeps going up. I would love
for my grandchildren to consider Carolina
for their college years but, as they live in
Chicago, they will probably find more
attractive offers closer to their home. I, too,
am concerned about the quality of the student body. It seems to me that geographic
diversity is important, and our children
should meet and associate with people
from a variety of geographic backgrounds.
I know that it was an important part of my
Carolina experience. My hope is that the
out-of-state differential will be reduced to
encourage the brightest people from all over
the world to apply to and attend UNC.
Richard Ballew ’ 67
To the ‘Best Educator
I Ever Experienced, Period’
Since learning in the November/
December 2013 issue of the Review of the
passing of Dr. Phil Webster ’ 56 (BSDEN, ’ 59
DDS, ’ 68 MS), I have been attempting to
write a suitable memorial to the man who
singlehandedly merged dentistry with medicine at Carolina and developed “Special
Patient Care” before the term was popular.
His legacy was teaching excellence in prob-lem-solving with his students and residents.
His own expertise in clinical dentistry was
the finest. Each lengthy paragraph I rewrite
ends the same: “Best educator I ever experienced, period.” We’ll leave it at that.
To Janet, Ellen, Connie, Candy, Paul,
Joel, Ron and the rest of the pioneers, a
toast to the green MGB. Miss you all.
Dr. Tom Ferretti ’ 69 (AB, ’ 76 DDS)
Editor’s note: In 1976-78, Dr. Ferretti
was UNC’s first chief resident of what
was then the new two-year general practice
residency program, which Dr. Webster also