But what happens when that business is public university? Does a public university owe it to its state residents to work in their interests instead of in the interests of the university’s bottom line?
The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating article that makes one ask these exact questions:
With foreigners enrolling in U.S. schools at record numbers, students such as Noah Hernandez, a freshman at the University of California, San Diego, are getting a global view of the world without leaving their home state. The school has thousands of Chinese students, including Mr. Hernandez’s roommate, who pay three times the in-state tuition.
“If I were running a school, it would make sense” to accept them, said the biology major, as a clutch of Mandarin-speaking students walked by.
Then he began thinking of a childhood friend, who also had a stellar academic record yet didn’t get into UCSD to study engineering. Now, he says he wonders “whether taking so many international students is fair to California students who are going to stay here and benefit the state.”
More: Foreign Students Pinch University of California Home-State Admissions, The Wall Street Journal (11/16/15)