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ERIC Number: ED401817
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Pages: 33
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Painful Choices: Emerging Tensions between Universities and Their Publics.
Frost, Susan H.; And Others
This paper investigates the use of enrollment limitations by "flagship" state universities in regard to out-of-state (OOS) students, presenting a case study of the enrollment limitation debate in the University of North Carolina system and its Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) campus over the last decade. The state legislature, in concert with the board of governors, decided in 1985-86 to limit enrollment of OOS freshmen to 18 percent starting in 1988. Critics of the cap argue that it has created two distinct student bodies: a small, elite group of mainly OOS students and a larger, less selective in-state group. An analysis of legislative documents, university reports, media stories, and interviews with administrators, faculty, and students found that attempts to allow distinctive OOS admission policies for UNC-CH were effectively thwarted by political concerns. The study also found that research-based information did not play a major role in decision-making about the issue, and that tuition levels have been a fundamental aspect of the rationale of supporters of enrollment limits. An appendix contains a copy of the interview protocol. (Contains 61 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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