Bowles has taken a wait-and-see approach to Wesleyan College’s effort to join the UNC system. Read about it here.
That is good news for the rational.
While there are several issues to consider within this proposal, this is the most important:
N.C. Wesleyan has had a history of financial problems. While school leaders say things are fine now, UNC would want to verify that and decide whether financial problems will always be with that campus or whether those problems would abate with UNC management.
It seems that everyone is in agreement that Wesleyan should not join the system if it is not financially viable. However, there is something that has been missed here. If Wesleyan is free of financial problems, it still shouldn’t be allowed to join the system. Why grow the size of government and make taxpayers pay for something that could operate without tax dollars. Private colleges give a state the same economic and social benefits (of course the benefits of universities in general are often exaggerated) as public colleges, and they are kinder to taxpayers.
So, regardless of Wesleyan’s financial situation, they should not join the UNC system.