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UNC Considers Admitting More Out-Of-State Students

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- The University of North Carolina is considering admitting more out-of-state students in an effort to boost revenue.


The UNC system is considering raising its 18 percent limit on the number of out-of-state freshmen admitted to its campuses, The News & Observer of Raleigh (HTTP://BIT.LY/VLUPHY ) reported.


The school has limited out-of-state enrollment for decades in order to provide room for North Carolina residents. Previous efforts to raise the limit have been rejected.


North Carolina residents pay tuition and fees of $7,500 while students from out of state pay more than $28,000.


A school committee working on a proposed five-year plan is looking for ways to finance the new efforts as the school deals with the aftermath of the recession.


UNC President Tom Ross says one idea would be to keep the 18 percent out-of-state limit for the entire system, but allow some campuses to exceed that figure. UNC-Chapel Hill, East Carolina University and North Carolina A&T are in big demand from those who live outside North Carolina.


UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor Holden Thorp likes the idea.


"Because the international students are included in the 18 percent, we're far below our peers in terms of international students," Thorp said, "and I personally don't think that's good for preparing students to be in the global economy."


North Carolina State University trustee Lawrence Davenport questions that approach.


"What do you do with the kid that got displaced, who is a North Carolina resident?" Davenport asked.


Ross said his plan would increase enrollment, not reduce the number of slots provided for North Carolinians.


It's unclear how the Republican-dominated legislature might respond to the ideas.


Admitting more students is just one proposal. The system also plans to be more aggressive in trying to raise private funds.


UNC also is looking at ways to operate more efficiently, including sharing administrative functions among campuses, making changes in energy use, and buying in bulk with other state agencies.


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