UNC is broke

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Well, this sucks. But, what can you do? The Great Recession's tentacles are wound into everything.

About 600 qualified students — who would otherwise be admitted — will be turned away from UNC Charlotte this fall. It’s just one of the many harsh ramifications stemming from state budget cuts that will impact the University of North Carolina system.

“We’re very concerned,” said Beth Hardin, UNCC’s vice chancellor of business affairs.

In addition, the North Carolina Legislature is expected to approve an enrollment cap for next fall, which will further impede UNCC’s ability to enroll new students.

“This would be the first time in history North Carolina has denied qualified students access to higher education,” said Hardin. “It negatively impacts Charlotte and North Carolina’s economic preparedness.”

Indeed, at a time when the global marketplace is more competitive than ever, a skilled and college-educated work force is crucial.

The University of North Carolina system, which consists of 17 public institutions, is already reeling from previous state budget cuts. Ernie Murphrey, UNC system’s vice president for finance, said that during fiscal 2009-10, the university system reduced its state operating budget by $162.5 million, or 6 percent of the total.

Read the rest of Sam Boykin's article from The Mecklenburg Times.

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