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July 28, 2016 Comments (0) Educational institutions

U of California Audit Sparks Concern Over Non-Resident Numbers

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(Photo: Matt Wade, Creative Commons)

(Photo: Matt Wade, Creative Commons)

According to some state audit released now, the University of California has put resident students in a disadvantage through its recent push to recruit students from outside the state and overseas, that has caused a stop by the number of state residents who enroll.

The University has always been consistent in the position it uses the additional fees paid by nonresident students to create up for budget cuts implemented during the recession, in addition to underwrite thousands of slots for Californians that are no longer based on the state.

The 116-page report discovered that academic standards were set lower for nonresident students during the admissions process in order to admit more of them, as these?students pay triple the fees of resident students. ?In addition, it shows that the school hadn\’t created a cost of instruction to create decisions concerning tuition.

The audit says?the college did not consider budget savings before implementing the new enrollment strategy, and brings some spending choices into question for example high executive compensation and a low-interest home loan program for faculty and senior administrators.

\”It\’s dependent on priorities,\” State Auditor Elaine Howle said within an interview. \”It\’s dependent on the university creating a commitment to California high schoolers who want to be admitted.\”

The report suggests the college system implement stricter admissions requirements for nonresident students, place a cap on their enrollment, and improve their focus on recruiting students from California, particularly African Americans, Latinos, along with other minority students.

The audit was requested more than a year ago by?Assemblyman Mike Gipson after noting the entire enrollment of students from other states and countries reach 15.5% from the total undergraduate enrollment at the school up from around 5% eight years back, writes Teresa Watanabe for?The La Times.

The University system has denied all findings reported in the audit and dismissed the recommendations given to the school, including a suggestion that the limit go on the quantity of nonresident students the University can enroll. ?In reaction, the University has released its own report that disputes accusations made against its admissions policies and finances, writes Alexei Koseff for The Sacramento Bee.

In a letter responding to the audit,?UC President Janet Napolitano referred to it as?“disappointingly pre-baked” and “unfair and unwarranted.” ?She added that auditors did not look at the proven fact that nonresident students who pay a greater tuition account for $728 million within the University budget and allowed the college to accept more in-state students regardless of the budget cuts made throughout the 2008 recession.

\”Indeed the draft audit understates and undermines the efforts of a large number of UC faculty and staff who\’ve sustained the University\’s reputation, accessibility and affordability during a period when state funding was cut by about one-third,\” she wrote.

Meanwhile, the audit has increased the stakes in an ongoing political controversy over whether the increase in nonresident students can help or hurt residents from the state.

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