The UNC system is looking at eliminating about 900 administrative positions as it deals with a $171 million cut to its budget.
UNC system campuses are under pressure to cull their administrative ranks, and UNC system President Erskine Bowles has urged campuses to make administrative positions the top priority and to protect the academic core. Those 900 positions will make up 75 percent or more of the total cuts campuses will have to make.
It isn't yet clear how many of those positions are filled, a UNC system spokeswoman said today. Since last fall, campuses have held positions vacant in the face of the budget shortfall.
Administrative costs on university campuses have come under scrutiny lately. An Aug. 17 News & Observer report showed that administrative ranks across the UNC system had swelled by 28 percent over five years, from 1,269 administrative jobs to 1,623 last year.
That increase in administrators outpaced the growth of faculty and other teaching positions, which was 24 percent, as well as student enrollment, which climbed 14 percent.