Perdue spoke to a packed room at N.C. Central University and talked about the need for education funding.
The NCCU chancellor and other administrators discussed the impact of recent budget cuts. NCCU has shed some degree programs and course sections and combined some departments to make up for the deep cuts.
The governor told the crowd her push for education dollars is part of her purpose now that she's not seeking re-election.
"Education is not about politics," said Perdue. "Eduction is about economic development and opportunity for all of us. You've heard Chancellor Nelms talk about the losses of investment that have been suffered by this campus. Millions of dollars, hundreds of courses, thousands of hours of student learning lost because of unneccesary budget cuts. We are all in this together."
Some faculty members said morale is taking a hit because of little or no pay raises in the recent years.
Perdue answered that if that was a concern, then they'd like her proposed budget.