Fewer graduates going to Calif. universities

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(AP) – A new survey shows fewer eligible California high school graduates are enrolling in four-year state public universities. The Sacramento-based Public Policy Institute of California report on Wednesday shows there have been dramatic declines in the past five years even though demand for higher education has risen.

The declines coincide with enrollment reduction practices and soaring tuition rates adopted by the budget-strapped University of California and California State University. The report says the number of recent high school graduates leaving California for four-year colleges in other states appears to have increased.

Critics say the Public Policy Institute report sounds the alarm about the consequences of California’s disinvestment in its public university system.

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