University of California Regents are considering the first-ever cap on enrollment of out-of-state student undergraduates.
The proposal comes after a state audit of the UC's concluded the system was enrolling nonresidents at the expense of California students.
But UC Academic Senate President and UC Davis Professor Jim Chalfant says the role of nonresidents needs to be considered carefully.
"When we focus on having the non-resident tuition to draw on, it's because we can provide a better experience for, again, all of our students. Not just nonresidents," Chalfant says.
UC officials say the 20 percent cap on nonresident enrollment strikes a fair balance between the benefits they provide and the needs of California students.
But the Academic Senate wants each university to have its own unique enrollment cap.
Current nonresident enrollment rates at UC campuses are actually under 20 percent, except for UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC San Diego.
Those campuses will be capped at their current rates.
Last year's state budget agreement stipulates $18.5 million in funding for UCs will be withheld if it doesn't cap nonresident enrollment by May.
Chalfant says the UC system no longer admits nonresidents with financial aid.