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and other costs, and a special tuition increase of $3,000. An additional $5 million
in financial aid would be provided to maintain the University’s need-blind admis-
sions policy. Tuition for first-year students in 1996–1997 was set at $18,500, up from
$14,750 in 1995–1996.
Provisions of the plan included:
1. Every first-year student would receive an IBM notebook computer with a
standard software load. The computer would be replaced with a new model
after two years, and graduating students would keep their computers.
2. Forty new, full-time faculty positions would be added by the year 2002.
3. The student/faculty ratio would be reduced 8 percent, from 13:1 to slightly
more than 11:1.
4. More than one hundred new upper-level classes and an American Ethnic
Studies minor would be offered.
5. The University would create 150 new upperclass merit scholarships and 175
6. The library would receive more funding.
7. The faculty leave program would be expanded.
On March 27, the faculty approved the plan by an almost three-to-one margin (140
to 56). The first-year seminar proposal was approved separately by a vote of 106 to 10
on April 3, and on April 19, these actions were unanimously approved by the Board
of Trustees. Prior to the trustees’ vote on April 18, about 150 students, organized by
sophomore John Whitmire, gathered outside Wait Chapel before a capital campaign
celebration convocation featuring Arnold Palmer as the principal speaker. Their pur-
pose was to protest the imminent adoption of the plan. They objected primarily to
the computer proposal, the $3,000 tuition increase, and the lack of student voice on
the Program Planning Committee. Sam McGee and Doug Carriker spoke out against
the plan because they believed it had not been fully discussed with students. After
everyone attending the convocation had entered the chapel, the protesters sang the
alma mater, put their signs in the balcony where they could be viewed from the stage,
and quietly left.
The final major story of the year was the Heritage and Promise Campaign. It
came to a successful end, as noted in the previous paragraph, on April 18 at a convo-
cation where Arnold Palmer (’51, LLD ’70) spoke, and the ACC Championship men’s
basketball team signed autographs on the Quad afterwards. The road to the $150
million campaign began in November 1990 with a fund drive targeting faculty and
staff, about 70 percent of whom contributed a total of $2 million. Deborah Best (’70,
MA ’72), Chair of the Department of Psychology, led the campus campaign. About
60 percent of alumni made gifts in forty-three regional drives. The Trustees gave $33
million, and by the time the campaign went public in April 1991, more than half of
the goal was in hand.
More than $41 million in endowed student support was committed, $4 million
over the goal for that area. More than $52 million was raised toward the $40 mil-
lion goal for operating support, and $32 million was given toward the $20 million
building goal. The $11 million received toward the $13 million goal for endowed