Meanwhile, across the mountains

The realities of budget cuts sink in as students start college in North Carolina.  From The Charlotte Observer.

UNCC students feel the deep cuts
The cut this year, $33.5 million, or 16.2 percent, means 295 lost jobs at UNCC (including 171 faculty positions). Only two other schools in the UNC system - UNC Chapel Hill and Western Carolina University - face a larger percentage of cuts.

Overall, the system's loss is $414 million.

"That has a huge impact on everything we do," said Beth Hardin, UNCC's vice chancellor for business affairs. "We just don't have enough people to teach."

Fewer professors means fewer course offerings and bulging classes, which also means some students may have to go a semester or two longer to get their degrees, UNCC officials say.

Larger classes mean the university will have to rearrange spaces to seat all those students. The university, Hardin said, has received no state money to build new classrooms.

Adding to the stress, faculty and staff have worked without pay raises in four years.

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