Monday, April 4, 2011

Sorry, valedictorian.

University of Washington is turning more to out-of-state students, who pay more. I don’t feel too bad for the kid in the lede of this Seattle Times piece by Katherine Long, because it has been a long time since straight A’s were a guarantee of acceptance by your state’s flagship. But the bigger question of how much state schools should devote themselves to state students is an interesting one. There aren’t many very selective private colleges in the state, so this might make even more students look elsewhere—in a state where outmigration of students is a problem, at least until they come back to work for Microsoft or Amazon.

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