College kids fleeing to other states
June 5, 2012
With tuition on an upward trajectory, program cutbacks increasing, even while pay for top administrators is skyrocketing, more and more California high school students are looking outside the state for their higher education. And they are finding a warm reception from schools in neighboring states, officials of which have been accelerating recruiting. (Los Angeles Times)
Special discounts, smaller classes and a big increase in the number and range of available courses are being offered by anxious recruiters from Arizona, Washington, Oregon and other western states.
Enrollment by state students in California State University and University of California schools has been dropping steadily since 2007, down 4 points since then to only 18 percent today. Much of the decline is blamed on a lack of available courses, according to a Public Policy Institute of California study.
That study also pointed out that more foreign and out-of-state students are in turn being wooed by the California system, because those students pay more for their education.