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Tuesday, May 15 2012 04:39 PM

Rubio aims to limit out-of-state UC students

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

State Sen. Michael Rubio, D-Shafter, has introduced constitutional ammendment that aims to prohibit the University of California system from enrolling more than 10 percent of out-of-state students in each campus' freshman class, and also systemwide.

The ammendment is intended to end what Rubio calls "a disturbing trend of UCs recruiting unprecedented numbers of out-of-state students over in-state students."

UC out-of-state students made up some 23 percent of freshmen students in the fall, Rubio said in a statement. That's up from about 11 percent three years ago.

"The ammendment ensures that California students get a fair shot at attending our University of California system -- and not be turned away simply because a wealthy student from the East Coast or abroad shows up with a checkbook in hand," Rubio said in a statement. "As a public university system, the UC's should not act as private schools and become schools for the wealthy."

Rubio is expected to discuss the ammendment with media at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Sacramento.

-- Californian staff

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