Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Flat Hat Resists More In State Students

Today's William and Mary Flat Hat contains two editorials, one by the paper itself, criticizing proposed legislation that would require eighty percent of William and Mary's undergraduates to be Virginia residents. Currently the figure is sixty-five percent at William and Mary and fifty percent at VMI. As both editorials point out, the proposal would, if enacted, reduce the quality of the College's student body while at the same time depriving the College of revenue generated by charging out of state tuition to the students the legislation would exclude. The timing of this proposal is particularly ironic, given that the Commonwealth has cut the College's budget by more than $10 million in the past 18 months and ordered the College not to raise tuition to offset mid-year cuts. Indeed, in the third item posted below, the Flat Hat called for an increase in the number of out-of-state students at William and Mary, to offset state budget cuts and ceilings on in-state tuition.

Here are the editorials in question.