The financially strapped UNC system could soon implement a policy that has proved controversial in the past — lifting the 18 percent cap on out-of-state and international student enrollment.
The proposal is just one of the revenue-boosting measures that could feature in the system’s five-year strategic plan, which members of the system’s Board of Governors discussed at their meeting Thursday.
A first draft of the plan was unveiled Monday. It aims to make North Carolina one of the top 10 “most educated states” by increasing the percentage of degree-holding North Carolinians from 29.5 percent to 37 percent by 2025.
POTENTIAL CHANGES TO 18 PERCENT CAP
The UNC-system Board of Governors could raise the 18 percent cap on out-of-state and international student enrollment in its five-year strategic plan:
- There is currently an 18 percent cap on nonresident students for first-time and full-time freshmen.
- The plan could lift the cap while simultaneously holding harmless the number of slots available to resident students.
Some board members view raising the cap as a potential source of revenue during a tough economic period for the state and its universities. The system has absorbed millions in budget cuts in recent years, including a cut of $414 million, or 15.6 percent, in 2011.
Irvin Roseman, a member of the board, said international students could be an untapped source of tuition revenue. Tuition and fees for state residents are almost $7,500 at UNC-CH, compared to about $28,250 for nonresidents, which include international students.