At yesterday’s UNC Board of Governor’s meeting, outgoing UNC President Erskine Bowles said if proposed budget cuts continue to be higher than anticipated, a campus closing would be preferable to constant budget reductions at all campuses. Count me in for adopting the strategy now. Let’s face it; across the board cuts only allow campuses to avoid a stark reality: not all campuses and programs are equal.
With the state facing a projected $3 billlion budget deficit, hard decisions need to be made. Still there are places to find savings. For starters, how about a thorough review of academic programs. A strategy that forces institutions to recognize and deal with long-term budget realities is far better than thinking campuses should absorb budget cuts equally.