NC Bill that Robs the University to Pay Athletics

During a faculty salary crisis, we discover legislation  has been introduced to REDUCE the University’s tuition revenue—even though tuition revenue can pay faculty salaries.   

As reported today in the Raleigh News & Observer  , the provision would allow out-of-state athletes on scholarship to owe only in-state rates for tuition at UNC System schools for scholarship purposes — saving millions for the booster clubs and sports programs that fund those scholarships.

This does not save the student athletes who on scholarship any money—their tuition is already paid for.  This only changes who has to pay for it.  So it saves sports booster clubs—at Appalachian it’s the Yosef Club.  The Yosef Club represents private funding that professional fundraisers have raised, and it currently pays for these tuition scholarships.  The scholarship money pays the tuition to the University, including the much higher out-of-state tuition for any scholarship athlete who is from out of state.   

This legislation suggests we consider out-of-state student athletes as in-state students so that the Yosef Club does not have to pay their out-of-state tuition.  At Appalachian, that’s $15,000 per student per year (because out-of-state tuition is $15,000 more per year than in-state tuition).  If about 160 of our 450 student athletes on scholarship are from out of state, that’s $2 million a year that we’d not ask the Yosef Club for!  That’s $2 million a year not going to the University cash inbox.  That’s $2 million a year in tuition revenue that the University would not be collecting!  That’s $2 million a year LESS for faculty salaries!

Are Appalachian’s administrators behind this?  Do they WANT to save the athletics boosters money and REDUCE our tuition revenue, which can pay faculty salaries?   Our administrators told us that they care about faculty, care about faculty compensation, and care about the quality of academics at Appalachian.  Who is so carelessly—no, recklessly—supporting a Bill that will reduce our University’s budget and our University’s academic mission?  And all to save the sports booster club money?  Major fumble!

Related post: App State’s football program loses $20 million a year, and forces students to pay for the loss. Read it here.