UNC weighs more out-of-staters at minority schools

Sep. 12, 2013 @ 03:47 PM

Supervisors of North Carolina's state university system are discussing whether to allow six campuses that historically served primarily Black and Indian students to fight falling enrollment by recruiting more out-of-state students.

The University of North Carolina's Board of Governors on Thursday heard a staff proposal to allow up to 30 percent of new students at the six schools to come from outside the state. Non-North Carolina freshmen are now limited to 18 percent at the public universities.

A decision is months away.

Board members noted that the proposal is for the number of North Carolina students to remain constant while the campuses build enrollment with more out-of-stater students. UNC officials say one advantage is that almost half of out-of-state students stay in North Carolina after graduation, boosting the economy.