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UW regents panel compromises on nonresident cap

Published On: Dec 06 2012 07:12:14 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 06 2012 09:23:54 PM CST

MADISON, Wis. -

A panel of University of Wisconsin System regents has approved a compromise plan for admitting a higher percentage of out-of-state students.

The current cap on non-resident undergrad enrollment is 25 percent. UW-Madison wants to raise the cap to a three-year average of 30 percent.

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report said the committee decided Thursday to raise the cap to 27.5 percent. The full Board of Regents will vote on the plan Friday.

The cap applies to all 26 UW schools, but UW-Madison is the only campus to reach and slightly exceed the current cap.

State Rep. Steve Nass expressed concern that it would make admission for in-state students more difficult.

UW System President Kevin Reilly said the goal is to be able to enroll more in-state students.

"Having the revenue from these additional out-of-state students will make it possible for us to add 200 new offers of admission to Wisconsin residents. It's really a good story for Wisconsin residents," Reilly said.

UW officials said the cap was instituted decades ago, not to manage enrollment but to limit the number of protesters. Officials at the time assumed the trouble-makers were coming from outside Wisconsin.

UW System officials said the change would increase diversity and improve flexibility.

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