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ERIC Number: ED540448
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Are Residents Losing Their Edge in Public University Admissions? The Case at the University of Washington. Schools in Crisis: Making Ends Meet
Blume, Grant; Roza, Marguerite
Center on Reinventing Public Education
This case study examines admissions data at the University of Washington (UW) in order to quantify the effect on admissions standards for residents versus nonresidents. Like many other state flagship universities, the UW has suffered from constrained state revenues during the recent recessionary years. The findings suggest that Washington residents have indeed lost their edge in UW admissions, and in fact may have been at a disadvantage in 2011. While reflective of one university in one state, the findings raise broader concerns that state-supported universities, if unconstrained by public policy, can act counter to the goals implicit in the bargain that accompanied state support, and that solving budget gaps with nonresidents will weaken the case for state support when state revenues begin to climb. The report recommends that state lawmakers and administrators move beyond the resident-nonresident tradeoff to look for policy solutions that maintain access for state residents and make progress on solving budget gaps. Technical Appendix is included. (Contains 2 figures, 5 tables, and 17 footnotes.)
Center on Reinventing Public Education. University of Washington Bothell Box 358200, Seattle, WA 98195. Tel: 206-685-2214; Fax: 206-221-7402; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of Washington, Center on Reinventing Public Education
Identifiers - Location: Washington