Spaulding takes issue with talk of consolidating minority colleges in North Carolina

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Gubernatorial candidate Ken Spaulding said members of UNC Board of Governors are being “reckless” when they talk about closing or consolidating some of the state’s historically minority colleges.

Spaulding, a Durham lawyer who announced last month that he will run for governor in 2016, is responding to comments made last week by board member Harry Smith who said it’s time to have a conversation about consolidating campuses that are low-performing and reallocating resources to high-performing schools.

Smith made his remarks during a meeting where the board received a staff report that recommended lifting the 18 percent cap on out-of-state students at the six historically minority colleges in the 17-campus UNC system to shore up declining enrollment.

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