The term residency and definition of that term is the driving force that acts as the foundation of many, if not all, state funded college and university admissions policies. With over 65,000 undocumented students graduating from American high schools every year, it is essential that state colleges and universities look at their admissions policies and how they affect undocumented students (Gildersleeve, 2010). State laws and admissions policies for state funded Pre-K-12 public education are led by the precedent set in Plyler v. Doe (1982), a Supreme Court case which mandates that all children that reside within local education agency school district boundaries receive a free and appropriate public education from the respective school district. However, there is a problem with state funded colleges and universities not having consistent, clear-cut laws and/or court rulings which would stand as a foundation for higher education admissions policies. This quantitative, policy analysis will analyze the similarities and the differences between state and institutional admissions policies as they pertain to undocumented students.
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