Tuition at public colleges in North Carolina has increased an astounding 35% in past 5 years! It comes as no surprise that the UNC Board of Governors, the council that approves tuition increases, does not give voting rights to the only student representative. Students should have a say in how their schools operate, from raising tuition to ensuring quality academics.
Sign the petition to tell your lawmaker to give voting rights to the Board of Governors Student Representative!
Dear North Carolina Lawmaker,
To keep North Carolina’s economy healthy and vibrant, the state must make it easier for young North Carolinians to get the higher education they need to improve their chances of finding work and earning decent wages.
Unfortunately, our universities are being asked to do more with less – causing tuition at the state’s four-year public universities to soar 35 percent since the Great Recession. This has happened in part because – for far too long – students have been shut out of the governing process. Currently, the UNC System Board of Governors does not grant voting privileges to its sole student representative.
For students, the Board of Governors is one of the most important governing authorities in the state – setting tuition prices, support for research, caps on financial aid, and university housing rules.
I believe that students paying into the UNC system should have a say about how their money is being spent. Empowering the student representative on the Board of Governors with voting rights would be a win for students.
I urge you to grant voting privileges to a student representative on the UNC Board of Governors.