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UW regents to consider raising nonresident cap

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The regents of the University of Wisconsin System will be considering a proposal to admit a higher percentage of out-of-state students.

The plan would raise the cap on non-resident undergraduate enrollment from 25 percent to 27.5 percent. The full board is set to vote on the proposal Friday.

One Republican lawmaker isn't happy about the plan. State Rep. Steve Nass asked the regents Wednesday to delay action on changing the cap. He says he's concerned the move would give Wisconsin residents a smaller chance of gaining admission to UW-Madison. He also says UW officials failed to consult with the Legislature in sufficient detail.

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

During a presentation to board members Thursday, UW-Madison Chancellor David Ward showed a chart of Big Ten Conference schools to illustrate Wisconsin is the only university system in the conference with a limit on out-of-state admissions.

The chart also showed Wisconsin ranked about in the middle of Big Ten schools in the percentage of its student body that hails from out-of-state.

Ward says faster graduation tracks have freed up university capacity, so there would be an increase of in-state residents, even if the out-of-state cap was relaxed and school officials used it to bring in more out-of-state admissions.

A spokesperson for Nass said Thursday Nass would support a smaller increase in the out-of-state cap, as long as it's combined with a formal commitment to admit more in-state residents.

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