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1. The percentage of out-of-state and international students attending UC schools this fall is rising by one-third, with the increase concentrated at UC Berkeley and UCLA, the LA Times reports. The jump in out-of-state and international students, who pay much higher tuition, is the result of a controversial attempt by the UC system to raise revenues. The increase — from 6 percent to 8 percent of the undergraduate student population — also means there will be fewer slots for California residents at the state’s top-ranked public universities.

2. UC Regents also strongly endorsed a plan yesterday to offer online-degree programs in an effort to raise even more funds from out-of-state and international students, the Chron reports. The regents approved a pilot program proposed by UC Berkeley law school dean Christopher Edley Jr. despite concerns raised by faculty members that online classes will harm UC’s reputation for academic excellence.

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