The University of California and California State University systems are a source of pride for Californians. They are the best public higher education systems in the world and, even with recent tuition hikes, remain one of the best education bargains nationwide.
Recently, however, the UC, which receives annual multibillion-dollar investments from California taxpayers, has begun to forget its primary mission, which is to educate California students.
Since 2009, the number of incoming UC freshmen who are out-of-state or international has nearly doubled. In a recent article, the Los Angeles Times reported that 12.3% of all incoming UC freshmen in 2011 were not Californians. Ironically, UC Berkeley, the flagship institution of the UC system, came in with the highest percentage of non-California students at 29.8%.