If you happen to find yourself on the campus of N.C. State or North Carolina Central University or any other UNC school in the next couple of weeks, take a good look around. If the Republican leadership in the General Assembly has its way with the state budget this year, the campuses could look much different when students show up at school next fall.
There are persistent rumors in the Legislative Building that budget writers are considering much deeper cuts to the university system than the 5 and 10 percent reductions that were previously predicted. University officials have said publicly they have heard that between 20 and 30 percent reductions are not out of the question.
That possibility represents the greatest threat to North Carolina's nationally recognized university system since it was consolidated in 1971.
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