confused by article on out-of-state students

<p>USATODAY.com</a> - Are out-of-state students crowding out in-staters?</p>

<p>this article talks about how vermont kids were outraged that they were waitlisted while so many oos applicants got accepted...but i don't understand...if the non-resident is a better applicant then why should the in-stater complain?</p>

<p>Maybe because the University of Vermont is a public institution financed by taxpaying residents of the state of Vermont?</p>

<p>^^because the obligation of the public university is to educate the residents of their own state first AND because residents of Vermont pay taxes to finance the Vermont public school system.</p>

<p>73% PERCENT OF VERMONT IS OUT-OF-STATE STUDENTS. I don't see how you can prove that Vermont is putting its in-state residents first by those statistics.</p>

<p>I understand that you want to have the best university possible and to do that you have to have the best students but having the best students overall is not the primary obligation of a public university.</p>

<p>Publics need to be VERY careful that they aren't perceived as taking too many OOS kids over instate kids. Some states even put limits on how many OOS students can be accepted.</p>

<p>If a school wants to improve its profile, while also accepting its own residents, then it has to significantly grow enrollment. (such as taking an additional 2 OOS students for every lower stats instate student.) It can't keep a stagnate enrollment, raise its profile, and not end up excluding its own state's students.</p>

<p>UVM only gets a small portion of the budget form the state--under $50 Million. OOS tuition is the biggets funder by far.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.uvm.edu/%7Eofabweb/FY%202009%20Budget%20Summary.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.uvm.edu/~ofabweb/FY%202009%20Budget%20Summary.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>^and that's a problem that public colleges are facing. Most public colleges get less than 20% of their funding from the state.</p>

<p>^^^</p>

<p>Yes, many states have to dedicate at least 50% or so of their state's entire budget for K-12 education. That doesn't leave much for the many other state budget items. Higher education gets whatever is left.</p>

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With appropriations steadily decreasing in recent years and making up about 23% of the university's operating budget, he also takes a swipe at lawmakers: "If our state legislators and others would like us to serve the citizens of South Carolina, then fund us adequately."

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<p>Ain't that the truth... the state legislatures all think they can have their cake and eat it too. Either fund most of the budget of a school or don't shackle them to take 95% of their students from in-state.</p>

<p>Good publics -- especially the well-regarded research ones -- have the more important purpose of attracting talent to the state and enhancing the economy there. For this, they cannot afford to discriminate between in-state and out-of-state students. As a Florida resident, I'm glad to see that the state of Florida appears to be privy to this idea and is taking the first steps toward at least making UF (and perhaps a couple other schools) economic magnets UF</a> 'flagship? status doesn?t last long, as critics attack Senate bill | jacksonville.com</p>