Western Carolina sets enrollment record thanks to discount tuition program

screen-shot-2019-02-11-at-11.59.09-am(Carolina Journal) Enrollment at Western Carolina University is at a record high now that a low-tuition plan for select University of North Carolina schools is in effect.

WCU’s enrollment has spiked to 11,028. That’s almost 800 students more than were enrolled this time last year. Republican lawmakers link the growth to N.C. Promise, a $500 per semester tuition plan for in-state students. The plan also dropped out-of-state tuition to $2,500 a semester.

N.C. Promise became law in 2016. The cut-rate tuition applies to Elizabeth City State University and UNC Pembroke, in addition to WCU. State legislators invested $51 million in the program. Their main goal was to improve enrollment at some of North Carolina’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, although only ECSU chose to participate in NC Promise.

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Asheville’s Flatiron hotel project OK’d by Downtown Commission as local concerns linger

185c00ab-f87c-4d7b-99f7-9cc025fd2435-flatironbuilding_meeting_10092018_0075(Citizen-Times) Plans to redevelop Asheville’s historic Flatiron Building into an 80-room boutique hotel will move ahead after receiving approval this week from the city’s Downtown Commission, a green light that comes with a lengthy list of concerns about its potential impact on the community.

Much of the commission’s roughly three-hour meeting Friday centered on a proposed multimillion dollar renovation effort for the 93-year-old property at 20 Battery Park Ave. Charleston, South Carolina-based developer Philip Woollcott has offered a plan in conjunction with building owner Russell Thomas to convert it from primarily small business use to a hotel with two bars and a restaurant.

Woollcott, an Asheville native, said the proposal — which still requires City Council approval — is designed to preserve the aging structure while putting forth a business model to “provide stability for it to sustain itself for generations to come.”

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