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Originally published: 2014-02-25 18:33:44
Last modified: 2014-02-25 18:34:30

UNC Board of Governors approves fee hikes

by Anna Oakes

The University of North Carolina system Board of Governors approved student fee increases at its meeting Feb. 21.

Appalachian State University student fee increases for the 2014-15 academic year include a $33 athletics fee increase; $33 athletics facilities debt service fee increase; $10 educational, recreational and Renewable Energy Initiative fee increase; and a $6 educational and technology fee increase.

Most students at ASU will not see an increase in tuition next year, with the exception of a 6 percent increase for out-of-state undergraduate students.

UNC leaders asked campuses to freeze tuition for most students in 2014-15 because of increases in previous years.

The BOG also received a report from the system's General Education Council.

The UNC 2013-18 Strategic Plan mandates that the system establish core competencies to be demonstrated by students in General Education programs. General Education courses are required for all undergraduate degrees.

The council selected critical thinking and written communication as two core competencies that are most important to both faculty and employers.

The strategic plan advises the UNC system to work with one or more national testing organizations -- such as the Collegiate Learning Assessment -- to develop a robust assessment strategy for measurement of core competencies learning.

The council is currently conducting pilot CLA testing of seniors at some UNC campuses this year, which will answer questions about the effectiveness of the CLA, the council said.