Money may not grow on trees. But under the so-called Michigan Model - after a plan adopted by the University of Michigan - out of state students are an attractive substitute for a money tree because they pay full tuition. UC-Berkeley has already headed in the direction of pulling in more out-of-staters. Now it is reported that UC as a whole is likely to be moving in that direction under a recommendation of the Committee on the Future.
From the San Francisco Chronicle (Excerpt):
UC sees money in out-of-state students
Wednesday, September 1, 2010,
Ask any University of California undergrad where he comes from, and the answer - with 94 percent certainty - will be somewhere between San Diego and Crescent City.
That may soon change.
UC should recruit higher-paying students from out of state over the next five years to take the place of thousands of in-state students, an influential commission that advises the UC regents decided Tuesday in San Francisco.
The commission said that UC enrolls about 15,000 California students beyond what the state pays for, and the university would do better financially with more out-of-state students...
Some UC campuses are already adding out-of-state students, notably UC Berkeley.
Its chancellor, Robert Birgeneau, said last week that he wants 20 percent of Berkeley undergrads to be from out of state in four years, up from 11 percent today.
The Commission on the Future is eyeing a similar percent for the rest of UC, but did not provide specifics.
The commissioners did agree that out-of-state students will have to present academic records higher than the median of local students at each campus they apply to.