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Ross: Closing or consolidating UNC campuses not a big money saver (audio)

As legislators get back to work this week crafting their version of the state budget, the head of the UNC system is downplaying the prospect of closing one or more of the state’s 17 campuses to save money.

UNC System President Tom Ross say the idea would save the state less money than one might think – as closing one campus would only increase the demands on another campus. Ross says the state would then have the cost of repairing many of these large buildings before they could be put on the market.

Forsysth County Senator Pete Brunstetter first floated the idea of consolidating campuses last month as a way of saving the state millions of dollars.

Ross tells N.C. Policy Watch that while they are willing to study Brunstetter’s idea, it’s unlikely to yield the big savings lawmakers are hoping to find.

President Ross also tells Policy Watch that he has grave concerns another 5% budget cut, as proposed by Governor McCrory, will impact their ability to  provide high-quality educational opportunities to the state’s residents and assist in North Carolina’s economic recovery.

To hear a portion of Ross’s weekend radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below. Or, visit the Radio Interview section of the website to download a podcast of the full interview.

Also be sure to check out our recent interviews with Diane Ravitch and BTC policy analyst Allan Freyer.

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3 Comments

  1. Doug

    April 1, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    It is pretty certain that the closing campuses is the old “let’s enact the doomsday scenario to get media attention rather than just put some thought into cuts” card that all government entities play when faced with a challenge. Hopefully they will do things like look at the bloated curriculums to see what real world use some of these departments have and trim them back appropriately. You have to admit there are a lot of degrees these days that do not prepare young adults to come out of college and get a real job. Even if you just cut everything across the board 5% and told them to deal with it, it would not warrant a full campus shut down. And don’t forget, when they say 5% cut it is usually off of something like “projected spending with growth from prior year” so you are cutting from an artifically high number anyway. Heck, out in the private sector budgets are being put together with even more scrutiny and from a zero base.

  2. david esmay

    April 1, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Hopefully in 2014 people will exercise their voting franchise and rid the GA of GOTP morons. There is no problem facing this state that can’t be solved by simply voting every Republican out of office.

  3. Doug

    April 2, 2013 at 9:03 am

    True;, but only if we replace them with Libertarians. Then we would be on an even better path to get government as small as possible.