The UNC Board of Governors has launched a review of the more than 200 centers and institutes housed at North Carolina’s public universities.
UNC board members said there is no immediate plan to eliminate or cut any of the largely research-focused institutes, which brought in $556 million in federal grants and other external funding in 2013-14.
There are 237 centers and institutes across the UNC system, with most at the largest research campuses. UNC-Chapel Hill has 80 and N.C. State University has 48. Of the 237, 116 receive state appropriations totaling $68.9 million; 41 others receive some type of support from the state, totaling $14 million. Eighty receive no state support.
This year’s state budget included instructions to the UNC system to consider redirecting some of the funding for these centers to other purposes. Civitas has written in the past about these UNC centers and how many of them could be considered duplicative or highly politically partisan in nature.