Thursday, April 21, 2016

Public Universities Must Not Solve Budget Gaps by Limiting Access to In-State Students - Marguerite Roza, NY Times

A longstanding, implicit bargain of public higher education is now in jeopardy, as state universities chase after more and more nonresident students. State support for public universities has long been predicated on both subsidized pricing for in-state students, and preference for them in the admissions process. After all, lower in-state tuition prices aren't any good if in-state students aren't allowed to pay them. State lawmakers and college administrators must look beyond the lure of nonresident tuition to bridge budget gaps. It is possible to maintain better access to public universities for state residents, even while respecting constrained state funds.

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