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California Assembly approves cap on UC out-of-state enrollment

Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside during session in the Assembly chamber on March 11, 2013.
Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside during session in the Assembly chamber on March 11, 2013. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Following a scathing state audit, the Assembly passed a bill Wednesday restricting the number of non Californians the University of California system can enroll to 10 percent of total enrollment by fall 2022.

State Auditor Elaine Howle found that UC was enrolling a higher number of less-qualified nonresident students to boost revenue at the expense of California students. According to the report, nonresident enrollment exploded by 82 percent between the 2010-11 and 2013-14 academic years. The report further stated the UC system didn’t do enough to cut budgets before turning to recruiting out-of-state students.

“At this time, I think the audit has been clear that California students have been harmed,” said the co-author of Assembly Bill 1711, Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside.

AB 1711 passed 61-0 and will advance to the Senate for consideration.

Rachel Cohrs: 916-321-1046, @rachelcohrs

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