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Radomski comments on impact of removing cap on UW enrollment

October 05, 2016

Noel Radomski was quoted in recent Wisconsin State Journal, Wisconsin Public Radio, and Badger Herald articles, commenting on the impact of ​remov​ing the cap on non-resident students at UW-Madison on current and future enrollment.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, despite worries that lifting the cap would lead to the university more aggressively recruit non-resident and international students ​and enroll fewer Wisconsin students, the number of both non-resident and Wisconsin students in this year's entering freshman class increased slightly over last year.

Radomski noted that “UW likely increased its admissions offers with the expectation that today’s high school students apply to a greater number of colleges than those in the past, and would therefore be less likely to enroll.”

In the Wisconsin Public Radio article, Radomski questioned whether the university will be enrolling more out-of-state students in the future to bring in more money for the school.

"From an economic standpoint, to get the biggest bang out of the tuition buck, you're going to try to recruit as many international students as possible," he said.

Similarly, in the Badger Herald Radomski remarked that ​out-of-state and international students "create much more revenue for the university than in-state students... This creates an incentive for the university to increase the number of students that pay increased tuition."

Radomski is the associate researcher and managing director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).

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