UC president to examine non-California students’ enrollment levels
University of California (UC) System President Janet Napolitano announced on Tuesday that she would examine the controversial issue of high enrollment levels of non-California students at nine undergraduate UC campuses.
The issue of whether some of the campuses, particularly UCLA and UC Berkeley, are enrolling too many students from other states of the country and other countries have been gaining momentum for the past few years.
Napolitano said she would try to determine the right balance of "out-of-state and international enrollment" at the campuses in the next few months. However, she also said that concerns about the issue could result in increased state revenue for UC.
Speaking on the topic, she said, "I hope it prompts leadership around the state to say, 'Hey, if we want more California students admitted, we need to pay for that.' "
The number of non-California students is expected to soar to more than 20 per cent of freshmen this year. Campuses are aggressively recruiting students from outside California as these students pay extra tuition fees. UCLA tops the list with 30.1 per cent of non-California freshman. The percentage of non-California students at UC Berkeley and UC San Diego are 29.8 per cent and 28.4 per cent, respectively.
Napolitano also responded to concerns raised by gay and transgender students by directing UC system's ten campuses to create more gender-neutral restrooms as well as to allow students to update their records with a name of their choice that doesn't necessarily match their legal names.
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