Dr. Bill Friday, president emeritus of the UNC system, says North Carolina is at the point where it is violating the State Constitution, which states higher education should be offered as free as practicable.
In a weekend radio interview on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon, Dr. Friday said it is time to draw a line on tuition hikes.
The 91-year-old, who served as the first president of the expanded UNC system, says continued cuts by the legislature have seriously hurt the institution.
At the same time, the trend of offsetting those cuts by raising tuition and fees has only discouraged young people from seeking higher education:
“One out of three families in North Carolina don’t gross $35,000 a year…the tragedy is these families don’t even apply anymore, see they have no resource base to work from,” explained Friday.
Friday believes the state’s lawmakers should have the courage to close billions of dollars in exemptions and tax loopholes rather than “whacking at” the budgets of North Carolina’s public schools and universities.
To hear a portion of Dr. Friday’s interview, click below. To hear the full segment (including this week’s other interviews with Bob Etheridge and author Jeff Clements) visit the Radio Interview section of the N.C. Policy Watch website.