WHAT IS CITIZENS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION?

Citizens for Higher Education works to build political support for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the state’s other research universities. We aim to help the university:

  • Address the challenge of competition for funds;
  • Recruit and retain a world-class faculty;
  • Attract the best and brightest students; and
  • Enhance cutting-edge research that is critical to the state economy.

We are a political-action committee that backs state candidates who share our goals. We also take positions on issues to help the university. Our positions have always been consistent with those of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees.

Members pay dues of $2,000 a year to help. We also welcome junior members at reduced rates: $1,000 a year for members age 30 to 39, and $500 a year for those under 30. To become a member, click here or call 919-510-9240. To sign up for e-mail updates, click here.

UNC-Chapel Hill rises to 9th in federal R&D expenditures

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill News Services
Monday, August 27, 2012

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill rose to ninth from 16th among leading private and public research universities for the level of federal funding ($545.99 million) devoted to research and development in all fields during fiscal 2010.

The new ranking, based on data compiled by the National Science Foundation, was published by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a trade newspaper. The federal government financed 61 percent of the $61.2-billion that universities dedicated to research and development in fiscal 2010, the Chronicle reported.


Submitted by Site Admin on Mon, 2012-08-27 21:13.
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UNC system must be adequately funded

Winston-Salem Journal
Editorial
August 27,2012

Some area colleges are seeing a jump in registration cancellations because of higher tuition costs and changes to financial-aid programs. The state legislature must adequately fund the UNC system so that schools aren't forced to raise tuition rates to get by.

"With the reduction in state funding, schools were allowed to increase tuition and did not have a crystal ball to indicate the cuts that would be coming in financial aid at all levels," Nancy Young, a spokeswoman for Winston-Salem State University, told the Journal.... WSSU tuition and fees jumped from $4,513 in 2011-12 to $5,107 in 2012-13, a 13 percent increase. Tuition hikes such as that create a big hurdle for parents struggling to make it, as well as students working to put themselves through school. Many have had to put their dreams on hold. The contributions they might make, as graduates, to our state and its economy have been delayed.  Click here to read more.


Submitted by Site Admin on Mon, 2012-08-27 11:17.
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What they bring

The News & Observer
July 2, 2012
Editorial

It doesn’t take a university president to recognize the wisdom in making it easier for foreign students to remain in the United States through permanent resident status rather than visas.  But the presidents have united in appealing to the White House and Congress to find ways to make it easier for such students to obtain that resident status and remain among us.  American students from, say, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, can easily recall students from other lands who enhanced their own educations.  And plain figures make the case: foreign students and grad students often play key roles in inventions or innovations in science – not to mention bringing art and music from their own cultures to campuses and communities.  One survey showed that foreign inventors were included in a majority of patents at top universities in the survey group.  Click here to read more.



Question in U-Va. tumult: What should premier public universities be?

The Washington Post
June 23, 2012
By Marc Fisher and Daniel de Vise

Public universities have long found themselves caught between politicians, who demand results they can present to constituents as a return on their tax dollars, and academics, who want the resources and freedom to let scholars explore as they choose.  But now, with states facing their toughest financial crisis since the Great Depression, top public universities are struggling to meet urgent new missions with diminishing resources....  Despite a consensus that a college education is more essential than ever, with college graduates earning twice what high school graduates make, states are disinvesting. The state share of U-Va.’s budget has plummeted over 23 years from 26 percent to 6 percent.  Virginia spends $8,600 per in-state student at U-Va. — far less than North Carolina....


Submitted by Site Admin on Mon, 2012-06-25 00:54.
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UNC is far more than one department

The News & Observer
June 23, 2012
By LJ Toler

The Carolina Way has become a joke – so said a recent editorial on these pages.  At my alma mater and former place of work, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, that term, “the Carolina Way,” is associated with what is noble and true, honest and fair. It involves giving back to one’s community, showing positive initiative and serving as a good example.  It was termed a joke because of shenanigans in just one department.  But the Carolina Way is much broader.  The department in the spotlight is only one of more than 40 in Carolina’s College of Arts and Sciences, which also encompasses numerous institutes and centers.  That’s not even counting the library, the schools of business, dentistry, education, government, information and library science, journalism and mass communication, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, social work and the graduate school....  So don’t toss the baby out with the bath water. That’s just not the Carolina Way.  Click here to read more.


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Universities asking profs to teach more

Triangle Business Journal
June 22, 2012
By Jason deBruyn, Staff Writer

DURHAM – As budgets in higher education continue to see cuts, university administrators have asked faculty to spend more time in the classroom.

At N.C. State University, for example, tenure and tenure-track faculty taught 203 student credit hours on average in the fall 2011 semester. That’s up more than 15 percent since 2008, when faculty taught 176 student credit hours. These numbers represent tenure and tenure-track faculty only.


Submitted by Site Admin on Fri, 2012-06-22 20:41.
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Senate Shows Greater Support for UNC System

June 15, 2012 – The $20.1 billion budget for 2012-13 that was approved this week by the N.C. Senate is much kinder to the University of North Carolina system than the version previously approved by the state House.

It remains to be seen how much will remain after a joint House-Senate conference committee attempts to resolve differences between the two spending plans.


Submitted by Site Admin on Fri, 2012-06-15 21:57.
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House Budget Shortchanges UNC System

June 1, 2012 – The N.C. House approved a budget proposal this week that restores $333 million in cuts to K-12 public schools and $4.5 million for scholarships at private universities – yet leaves the UNC system to contend with $405 million in ongoing cuts.

“Underfunding education, members of the House, is not good for business,” said House Minority Leader Joe Hackney, D-Orange, as he scolded the Republican majority in the House.  “We will be paying the price of this in lost jobs in North Carolina for many years to come.”


Submitted by Site Admin on Fri, 2012-06-01 18:08.
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UNC-Chapel Hill to launch planning process, fundraising drive

The News & Observer
By Jane Stancill
May 25, 2012

CHAPEL HILL -- UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp Thursday announced a yearlong planning process to create a “21st century vision” of the university and a fund drive that does not yet have a dollar-figure attached to it.  Thorp said it’s important to refocus the university at a time when higher education, especially public higher education, faces growing revenue stresses.


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Student Loans Weighing Down a Generation With Heavy Debt

The New York Times
May 12, 2012
By Andrew Martin and Andrew W. Lehren

In the last decade, even as enrollment at state colleges and universities has grown, some states have cut spending for higher education and many others have not allocated enough money to keep pace with the growing student body. That trend has accelerated as state budgets have shrunk because of the recent financial crisis and the unpopularity of tax increases.  Nationally, state and local spending per college student, adjusted for inflation, reached a 25-year low this year, jeopardizing the long-held conviction that state-subsidized higher education is an affordable steppingstone for the lower and middle classes....


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