Universities feel the strain under latest state budget (video)

Much has been written about the impact of this year’s state budget on K-12, but for a third year in a row, the university system suffered the deepest cuts of the three branches of North Carolina’s education system.

The UNC-system saw its bottom line slashed by nearly $66 million for 2013-14 under the new state spending plan.

NC State University Chancellor Randy Woodson says previous budget cuts resulted in larger class sizes and fewer class-sections.  This round of cuts will be even more difficult to achieve:

“Faculty, their workload, is already very high. And in fact they are doing a lot of administrative work they used to not have to do , because we have lost so many administrative positions,” explained Chancellor Woodson. “We’re going to step back from this and really think about the next phases of reorganization to help us adjust the university to what we think is the new norm in terms of state commitment to funding.”

Woodson appeared last weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon to discuss the impact on higher education. To hear the full segment, visit the Radio Interview section of the NC Policy Watch website where you can listen online or download a podcast. For an excerpt from that interview, click below:


  1. Alex

    August 5, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    There was a tremendous amount of fat in the UNC system. Way too many campuses, administrators, tenured professors, buildings,football stadiums, etc. than was actually needed. These folks got completely out of kilter when the federal and state money was flowing so easily. A large part of the population can no longer afford them.

  2. Jack

    August 5, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    The GOP is dumbing down the country state by state.

    As educational institutions in NC are under attack the GOP wants to make sure that people don’t know the history of the past 70 years much less an educated view of history centuries ago. In a world created by the GOP man and dinosaur lived side by side and science is a backwater mishmash of guess work and unsubstantiated theories. Tell that to the scientist at the University of Chicago.

    Now that the last of the Greatest Generation is out of the picture a full out attack on American education is throttling up. It was the men and women of that generation that went to college on the GI Bill as they returned home from WWII. They were thinking men and women and they changed the landscape of the politics, business, and economics in America with the energy their education afforded them.

    We are at risk.

  3. Alex

    August 6, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Wake up and smell the roses Jack ! We’ve been dumbing down the public school system for the last 20 years. We’ve been in the bottom rankings nationally for years, and during Perdue’s tenure we had a 30% dropout rate some of the years. Some people say that 20% of our graduates are functionally illiterate, and many have to attend remedial classes in their first year of college. As they have said many times….doing the same thing and expecting different results is the definition of stupidity !

  4. Jack

    August 6, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Smell the roses, how quaint of you Alex. Of course the GOP has been dumbing down the country for the past 20 years. The difference between then and now is that the GOP has come out of the closet to reveal their agenda in that they want to segregate schools once more so now we can focus the conversation. Instead of fixing what the GOP says is a broken school system they simply funnel our tax dollars into private schools to create an elitist school system.

    The GOP should get to know a few teachers and hear their view of education. But instead they take punitive action against teachers, students and the public.

  5. Doug

    August 6, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Do you mean the country or state…..because the democrat/progressives have had HUGE hands in both governing bodies. In case you have not noticed there has been pretty much equal power sharing since around 1980….don’t just look at the WH which really has little power (especially with the inept leadership of the current occupant….no budget for 4 years really?) but the overall power situation of Congress. In NC it is even worse….as jlp75 says it takes years for things to show effects :
    April 1, 2013 at 6:46 pm
    “There is not enough information to determine if we are on the “right path”. Many decisions good or bad take years or even decades to take significant effect.”

    Well we have been seeing the effects of democrat/progressive ineptness for a long time in our schools in NC.

  6. Jack

    August 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Haven’t you been paying attention Alex. Throughout the country it is all happening at the state level.

    The fact that NC has made it legal to carry a firearm into a bar shows lack of serious leadership in NC. It may sound silly but making it legal to carry a firearm into a bar, mixing alcohol and guns, or on campus reveals ineptness of our so called leaders in the GA. People can hide behind comments of “it will take years to see the results of what we did here today” in an effort to BS there way through but fact is that much of what the NGA has created will take a year or less to reveal itself as ineptness or as punitive action taken against the citizens of NC.

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