Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Listen to Afternoon Session of the Regents: Nov. 14, 2012
The top foreign nationalities among the out-of-staters were reported to be Chinese, Korean, and students from Hong Kong and India.
There was concern that the foreigners would be disproportionately at Berkeley and UCLA. UCLA's chancellor mentioned an eventual target of 18% foreign. Therefore, would in-state students be shunted to Merced? Governor Brown - who attended the meeting (see our post earlier today on the morning session) - wondered whether undergrads who come to UC end up converting themselves into residents after a year. The answer given was that as long as they on someone out-of-state's tax return as a dependent, they can't be California residents. Brown said that the in-state tuition benefit would far outweigh the tax deduction their parents got for a dependent. So why wouldn't they convert to California residents? He really didn't get an answer other than it doesn't happen much. But the response was somewhat murky because it was also said that foreign students can't convert. No one gave a figure on U.S. out-of-staters who convert. Generally, however, the Regents seemed to express some unease but in the end thought having more out-of-staters was a Good Thing, although with some ill-defined limits.
You can hear the audio of the open part of the session at the link below: