Dr. Colleen M. Fairbanks, professor and department chair for the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education in the UNCG School of Education, was interviewed by News 14 Carolina on the impact of the state’s decision to end pay raises for teachers who obtain a masters degree.

North Carolina legislators argued that teachers should be rewarded based on performance, rather than credentials. However, colleges and universities predict this will have a significant negative impact on enrollment.

“I think it will ultimately affect our program,” said Fairbanks. “We expect probably some reduction.”

She said the School of Education is rushing to cram in more fall classes to help students near completion graduate early.

“If they finish in December, they’re just barely gonna make it because of the time it takes to get the license and to get the pay on their salaries,” she said.