After dramatic cuts in state funding over the past three years, UNC Charlotte's roughly 25,000 students will find a leaner university with fewer faculty and significantly larger classes when they start a new semester today.
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."
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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.
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