- Due to budget constraints, California State University has told its departments that they may not admit any in-state students to graduate programs during the Spring 2013 semester--though they do have the option of admitting out-of-state students, who are charged higher tuition rates and don't cost the state money.
- Maria Nieto, graduate coordinator for the school's biology department, says that she would rather admit no new students in the spring than deny access to students from California, a decision that gives up money the department would have received for having more graduate students.
- Matt Johnson, whose mathematics and computer science department admitted students under the new rules after much consideration, stated that "this is an awful proposition for an academic department."
From the article:
In state after state, one of the ways public colleges and universities are balancing their budgets is by aiming to admit more students from out of state (who are charged much higher tuition rates). In theory, this means more revenue for the entire university, although critics have warned about weakening the ties between public universities and their own states. In California, where public higher education has experienced cut after cut, the choices are particularly difficult. ...