For years I have fought saying it should be illegal for illegal aliens to get in state tuition in Tennessee. UT and others said there were not any illegal aliens in our universities. Well now they admit there were illegals getting in state tuition and possibly may be more in the future. While the article is not clear, (are they looking at it to open it up more or close it down?) They say they put some "rules" in place for 3 school. (I have read the rules they put in place. It is more or less an honor pledge from the illegal alien that they are not illegal. Guess how well that works?).
The new UT president Joe D says he will obey the law but guess what? UT has always been able to lobby and fight off laws that would have put a verification process in place.
Meanwhile, the Tennessee board of regents and their 46 schools/ universities say they are wide open to illegals.
Now that California has passed "the Dream" act (allowing illegals in California in state tuition) UT wants to look at the rules they passed.
After four years of not allowing undocumented students to enroll, University of Tennessee system admission officers are going to revisit the issue.
Admission representatives from the three UT system campuses -- Chattanooga, Knoxville and Martin -- will bring up the topic during their annual fall meeting in October, discussing whether there's any need or desire to move forward.
"It's one of the items on the agenda, just to talk about it as admission officers, it's not the board of trustees having a conversation," said Yancey Freeman, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment services at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
He estimated that UTC had less than 20 undocumented students when it changed its practice in 2007 and those students were allowed to complete their degree.
Until 2007, students illegally in the country had the option of going to Chattanooga State Community College or UTC -- as long as they paid out-of-state tuition, which can be three times higher than in-state. But that changed when the three undergraduate institutions of the University System of Tennessee agreed to stop the practice.
The Tennessee Board of Regents -- which manages 13 community colleges, 27 technology centers and six universities, including the University of Memphis, Middle Tennessee State and Austin Peay -- doesn't have a policy on the issue, said Wendy Thompson, vice chancellor for access and diversity for the board of Regents.
None of our schools at this point are at capacity and making determinations based on space," she said, "so we do admit undocumented students."
Tennessee and Georgia lawmakers continue to introduce bills to address the issue, but so far undocumented students are not banned from attending public higher education institutions. Instead, the decision is left up to each school or system.