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CSU's Urged to Give Local Students Priority



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(Sacramento,CA)
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Funding cuts to the CSU system mean schools are cutting enrollment and becoming more selective.  Students with families and jobs who can't easily relocate are being pushed aside as more schools accept out-of-towners with better test scores. 
 
That's why the Legislative Analyst's Office has sent a report to lawmakers urging them to ensure universities in the Cal State system give priority to local students.  Steve Boilard is the Director of Higher Education at the Legislative Analyst's Office.    
 
"In our mind, guaranteeing access to the local students would ensure that every student in the state has access to a local campus," Boilard said.
 
Boilard says most schools in the Cal State system do give priority to local students.  But when a program becomes overwhelmed with applicants- typically referred to as impacted- the school no longer gives preference to local students.  

Currently four of the 22 C-S-U's have declared that all their programs are impacted.  And with 500 million dollars more in proposed cuts to the CSU system, Boilard expects that number to grow. 
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