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Can the UC accommodate 10K more students under proposal to increase in-state enrollment?




Students go about their business at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as the prospect of billions of dollars in cuts looms for California after voters turned down a suite of tax and budget-reform measures in a special election this month to deal with the massive state budget crises.
Students go about their business at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as the prospect of billions of dollars in cuts looms for California after voters turned down a suite of tax and budget-reform measures in a special election this month to deal with the massive state budget crises.
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The UC regents are scheduled to vote next week on a proposal seeking to increase the number of in-state undergraduates at schools under the UC system.

The proposal was released yesterday, according to the Los Angeles Times. It plans to add 5,000 spots for in-state students by next fall, then 2,500 more in each the next two school years. By 2018, 10,000 new students from California would be enrolled at UC schools, including UCLA and UC Berkeley, two of the most competitive campuses in the system.

The UC has come under persistent criticism over the number of out-of-state and out-of-country undergraduates it accepts, which pay much much to attend these schools than students from California.

This week’s proposal aims to address that disparity, but would it work?

Guest:

Eric Kelderman, staff reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education covering state higher education policy