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UNC weighs more out-of-staters at minority schools

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -

Supervisors of North Carolina's state university system are discussing whether to allow six campuses that historically served primarily black and American Indian students to fight falling enrollment by recruiting more out-of-state students.

The University of North Carolina's Board of Governors on Thursday heard a staff proposal to allow up to 30% of new students at the six schools to come from outside the state. Non-North Carolina freshmen are now limited to 18% at the public universities.

A decision is months away.

Board members noted that the proposal is for the number of North Carolina students to remain constant while the campuses build enrollment with more out-of-stater students. UNC officials say one advantage is that almost half of out-of-state students stay in North Carolina after graduation, boosting the economy.

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