• Thu. Nov 24th, 2022

North Carolina A&T State University is fined $2 million for accepting too many out-of-state residents

ByDenise T. Tatum

Nov 24, 2022

North Carolina A&T State University was fined $2 million for exceeding its out-of-state enrollment limit.

Under the percentile ceiling created by the UNC system, the Board of Governors (UNCS) voted to fine the institution.

Years ago, to avoid overcapacity, the UNC System Board of Governors revised the residency policy to increase the enrollment rate to 35%. NC A&T has the highest percentage compared to other schools such as Winston-Salem State University with a 25 percent cap and UNCG with 18 percent.

Years ago, to avoid overcapacity, the UNC System Board of Governors revised the residency policy to increase the enrollment rate to 35%. NC A&T has the highest percentage compared to other schools such as Winston-Salem State University with a 25 percent cap and UNCG with 18 percent.

In 2021, 41 percent of NC A&T’s enrolled students that year were international students.

Why the school is found guilty by the board instead of being supported for its growth is puzzling. James Holmes, a member of the UNC System Board of Governors, said: “We have a rule that is in place” and schools must abide by it.

Holmes told WFMY News there will be an upcoming meeting to discuss out-of-state enrollment cap changes to prevent other schools from being penalized.

Although there are guidelines, Board of Governors member Joel Ford disagrees with the fine.

“Basically, we have campuses and, over time, environments that are struggling with enrollment, and here we have one of our HMSIs (Historically Minority Serving Institution) that is experiencing historic seasonal growth. Basically, I can’t support a policy that takes $2 million from a university when, in reality, they can use every penny they can get to continue that mission,” Ford explained. “Basically, we have campuses and temporal environments that are struggling with enrollment and here we have one of our HMSIs (Historically Minority Serving Institution) which is experiencing historic seasonal growth. Basically, I cannot support a policy that will take $2 million from a university when in fact they can use every penny they can get to continue that mission,” Ford said.

“The University has expressed regret at exceeding the cap. We have enhanced oversight to prevent this from happening again,” NC A&T spokesman Todd Simmons said in a statement.

According to NC A&T graduate student and former professor Loury Floyd, students come from all over the world and she enjoys the diverse cultures on campus and in the community.

“It’s really varied. I think it’s really rich when I was employed there as a faculty member and administrator. I had the opportunity to work with students from California; We have this amazing international population, and there are alumni literally from all over the world, and a lot of our alumni are really excited about the growth at North Carolina A&T,” said Floyd.

The UNC system recommends that the $2 million be allocated to the Board of Directors’ UNC Need-Based Grant Financial Program.

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