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Statement: URI President David M. Dooley on the RI Board of Governors for Higher Education policy change

Media Contact: Linda A. Acciardo, 401-874-2116

KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 27, 2011 -- "As I listened to the testimony at last night’s Board of Governors’ meeting, it was clear that many people may be concerned about the effects of the new policy regarding resident tuition on access to URI.

"The University of Rhode Island is committed to serving all the people of our state. We care deeply about access, affordability and high quality. Accordingly, I want people to know how URI will respond to the change in policy. Any student, whether a Rhode Islander or a non-resident, who would have been admitted to URI under the former policy of the Board of Governors, will be admitted to URI under the new policy.

URI has always been committed to accepting all academically qualified Rhode Island residents who have the potential to be academically successful at the University. This will not change with the new policy."

Dr. David M. Dooley

The Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education voted unanimously on Monday, September 26, 2011 to approve the new policy regarding "In-state tuition for Undocumented Students".