Updated 11/12/2012: Three different views on UO Enrollment trends. None give Chip Kelly much credit:
Dash Paulson in the ODE concentrates on the fact that the proportions of new students from California and other foreign countries have increased to the point that less than 50% of our new students are from Oregon. 50% has been a bright line for the state legislature:
Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars and a respected writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education said in an email, “There is a lot of controversy about state universities diverting state resources to out-of-state students,” Wood wrote. “Clearly the strategy ‘pays’ for the university in terms of ready income, but it does so by treating the public’s investment in infrastructure as given. Lots of room in that for political recrimination.”
Diane Dietz has a long article in the RG on UO’s enrollment strategies, including an interview with Roger Thompson. Very interesting discussion of merit aid. One bit on the Pathways program former Provost Linda Brady started in ~2007 to cover all tuition for low income Oregon students:
“When PathwayOregon stared, every Pell kid was getting PathwayOregon (grant),” Thompson said. “That’s not the case now. Four hundred kids get PathwayOregon. We enroll almost 900 that are Pell-eligible.” …
The university plans to cover more of its Pell grant students with PathwayOregon; beginning in fall 2013, any UO student eligible for the federal grant will get the PathwayOregon boost, Thompson said.
Of course the move towards more out of state and international students will presumably cut the number of Pathways students.
The party line? Some anonymous PR flack has a post in
the new UO blog Pravda.
No academically eligible Oregon students have been denied admission to the UO.
UO pays hundreds of thousands of dollars to churn out this stuff, but Dave Hubin won’t give a $172 fee waiver to a real reporter, Diane Dietz of the RG, for the EMU docs. He says the public interest doesn’t justify the cost.