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After years of flat enrollment because of a drop in the number of high school graduates, independent colleges like Barton are seeing increases resulting from state tuition grants to independent schools, out-of-state students, and aggressive advertising.
This article contains profiles of North Carolina's thirty-seven independent colleges and universities.
The Independent College Fund of North Carolina collects money from state businesses that then goes to North Carolina student tuition at 26 participating private institutions. During its 2006-2007 campaign, the Fund gathered more than $1.6 million in donations from over 100 North Carolina foundations and companies.
Similar to private colleges everywhere, North Carolina's small colleges are operating in a financial hole. Operational costs are high and funding through giving and endowments is low. Instead of raising tuition, North Carolina's small, private colleges found the answer to financial struggles in cooperation and organization with state and local businesses.
The nation's independent and privately-owned colleges and universities are in difficult financial situations. It has been suggested that business owners can extend a helping hand to provide financial support for these institutions voluntarily, or a tax bill may be in the future.
In a crisis confronting North Carolina higher learning, colleges in the state hope that the public and the 1963 General Assembly will be alerted to support large additional appropriations for expanding existing and new public institutions. Private institutions in the state also face the loss of voluntary contributions while facing a forced merger with governmental regulations.