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From MarketWatch https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-lesser-known-way-wealthy-students-have-an-edge-in-college-admissions-recruitment-by-top-public-colleges-2019-03-27 Research study link https://www.dropbox.com/s/f1j45l5eylmy0ub/joyce_report_rotated.pdf?dl=0 Public universities listed in study are NCState, Rutgers, Stony Brook, Alabama, Arkansas, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, Cincinnati, CU Boulder, Georgia, Kansas, UMass, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, S.Carolina “Though public flagship universities are often billed as engines of social and economic mobility for students and families in their states, their admissions representatives spend much of their time wooing out-of-state students from wealthy high schools, according to a study published Tuesday by the Joyce Foundation, a nonprofit focused on racial equity and economic mobility. At 12 out of 15 public universities examined by the researchers, who are based at the University of California Los Angeles and the University of Arizona, recruiters made more out-of-state visits than in-state visits in 2017. At seven of the public schools studied, recruiters visited out-of-state high schools more than twice as many times as in-state high schools. All of the universities studied were more likely to visit out-of-state public high schools in high-income areas than out-of-state high schools in low-income communities. The same was true for most of the universities’ in-state visits, though recruiters tilted more towards wealthy public high schools out-of-state than they did in-state. ... The study findings were based on a combination of information on high school visits pulled from the websites of public flagship colleges as well as public records requests to those schools. The researchers only included colleges in the sample if they felt they could gather comprehensive data about their recruiting visits. “It appears that the majority of public flagship universities in our country spend most of their effort recruiting out of state students rather than the students from the states they were founded to serve,” said Ozan Jaquette, a professor at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and one of the authors of the study. ... In addition, frequent visits and an ongoing relationship with a high school provide a college with a level of familiarity with students’ courses of study that can be beneficial when admissions officers are reviewing applications. But perhaps most crucially, the visits signal the colleges’ priorities when it comes to enrollment, Jaquette said. And his findings run counter to much of the rhetoric coming from flagship universities who say they’re committed to increasing access to their institutions. Instead, the reality is, “we’re in a period of really hyper competition among public universities to get wealthier out of state students in,” Burd said. “These publics that are doing this are mimicking what private colleges and universities have been doing for years.””