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Chancellors at a dozen UNC system schools are getting pay raises of between 8 and 19 percent. 

UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip Dubois received one of the biggest raises at $63,000.  His base salary is now $388,000. NC State’s Chancellor Randy Woodson received a $70,000 raise and UNC Chapel Hill’s Chancellor Carol Folt a $50,000 one. 

By Dave DeWitt, NC Public Radio

The UNC Board of Governors has hired a new system president. Margaret Spellings comes to the job from Texas, where she is currently the director of the George Bush Presidential Center. She served the second President Bush as education secretary and political advisor.

Margaret Spellings has spent her professional life in the eye of the political storm. And if today’s announcement and reaction is any indication, it’s not going to get any less windy.

First, let’s start with those who believe they have hired a “game-changer.”


Faculty leaders in the UNC system have some scathing criticism for the board that governs North Carolina's public universities. The Faculty Assembly for the 17-campus system released a statement Thursday airing their concerns with an upcoming vote on a new system president.


The search to find a new president of the UNC system is just starting. Members of the board of governors met in Charlotte Thursday to come up with names of people to oversee the search to replace Tom Ross.  The board forced him to leave his job early next year.   

Sat. Headlines: Voter ID Suits Go Forward

Feb 28, 2015

Four lawsuits challenging North Carolina’s voter ID requirement are headed to trial this summer. Superior Court Judge Michael Moran Friday declined to rule in cases challenging the Voter ID provision of the state election overhaul law passed in 20-13. Morgan denied a motion from opponents to put the voter I-D requirement on hold. But he also refused a request by the state of North Carolina's attorney to dismiss the lawsuits. The voter ID provision is supposed to go into effect in 2016. Three federal lawsuits also have been filed challenging other parts of the election law.

Without explaining why, the Board of Governors for the UNC system announced Friday that system President Tom Ross is on his way out. The board members who oversee the 17-campus system are forcing Ross to retire next January.

Michael Tomsic

This week, WFAE has been exploring the cost of the UNC system for in-state students and universities. Wednesday, we explained how the tuition check you pay doesn’t just support you or your child. It also goes to other students in the form of financial aid. 

This week, WFAE explores the cost of the UNC system for students and universities. Tuesday, we explained how the state constitution specifies that public higher education should be as free as practicable for North Carolina residents. Today, we explain where the money goes after students and parents write tuition checks. Here's a hint: you don't pay for what you get.

Tom Bullock

North Carolina’s state constitution says the price of higher education should be free.

Well, sort of: it says the UNC system should be as free as practicable.

That leaves a lot to interpretation. So what does “free as practicable” actually mean for North Carolina residents? This week, WFAE explores the cost of the UNC System to students and universities.  We'll explain where the money goes when students and parents write that tuition check, and we'll analyze how much it actually costs to educate different students.


Transferring from community college to UNC system schools can be tough, especially since students are never quite sure which credits will transfer. A new agreement between the two systems will give students a better chance of receiving credit for their community college courses.