UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp attended a White House summit yesterday in Washington. He and 11 other college leaders discussed affordability and college access with President Obama.
Thorp says Mr. Obama is well-versed on the issues universities are facing in a tough economy.
Holden Thorp: "Yes, the president understands at a high level of detail the challenges that public universities are facing. He understands that state budgets are strained. And that we are having to choose between raising tuition or sacrificing quality and I think he is very focused on the main issues that are driving that crunch."
Last month, trustees at UNC-Chapel Hill voted to raise tuition by $800 dollars next year for in-state students. The UNC system board of governors still needs to vote on the plan.