NC A&T University debuts new website, 400k grant, 10 percent tuition hike, More spending like drunken sailors in UNC university system
“Guilford (Large NC County) appears on it’s way to a third consecutive year with annual jobless rates in double digits. Economists say that likely hasn’t happened since the Great Depression.”…Greensboro News Record December 2, 2011
“…and Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They [socialists] always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.”…Margaret Thatcher
Recently I wrote about UNCG, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and other UNC state supported schools spending like drunken sailors and raising tuition. Here is another example. NC A&T is a UNC school also located in Greensboro, NC. Here is another example of questionable spending in the worst economy here since the Great Depression.
From the Greensboro News & Record print edition February 27, 2012.
“A&T debuts new website”
“A $ 400,000 grant funds redesign for vibrant, informative recruiting tool.”
” The new site (www.ncat.edu) launches today, and Martin said it clearly tells the Aggie story and will help the community to better connect and engage with the university.”
“The website was redesigned using $ 400,000 in grant money that helped pay for consultants that assisted university staff on the project.”
From the Greensboro News & Record 19, 2011.
“A&T trustees approve tuition hike”
“N.C. A&T students will see their tuition bills rise over the next five years under a plan the university’s board of trustees approved Friday afternoon.
A UNCG tuition and fee committee this week also recommended increases on that campus.
The tuition increases at A&T represent a 10 percent hike for undergraduates and 12 percent for graduate students.”
“Next year won’t be the last time A&T students feel the pain of a higher tuition bill. Under a plan to phase in increases, undergraduates will pay an additional $200 a year for another four years. Graduate students will pay an extra $300 a year during the same time period.
The UNC system has a 6.5 percent cap in place on tuition increases, but system leaders are allowing campuses this year to propose increases above that cap to help make up for money lost through budget cuts.”
““Literally, schools are in a position where we’ve got to figure out something else to do,” Akua Matherson, A&T’s assistant vice chancellor for budget and planning, told the trustees’ business affairs committee Friday morning in explaining the temporary lift on the tuition cap.
Matherson said the increases will help A&T maintain the level of funding needed to compete with its peer institutions.
The tuition money will generate nearly $5 million for the university. It will be invested in need-based financial aid, academic and student support, institutional support such as safety initiatives, and graduate assistantships.
Trustees unanimously approved the increases, but not without concern.
Once the increases kick in, trustee Pamela McCorkle Buncum said she would like to hear how they are affecting students.
She said she wants administrators to compile information such as how many are having to drop out to work and earn money for tuition.”