As the parent of a hardworking high school sophomore, I find it very disheartening and shortsighted for the University of California system to increasingly favor out-of-state students at the expense of residents. It would be interesting to know how many of those non-Californians stay here after graduation so our state benefits from what they have learned.
Short of reversing this trend, might I suggest the following: Allow California students the option to submit an additional application noting their willingness to pay out-of-state tuition ($36,000). While this is about $23,000 more than in-state fees, it would still cost less than many private schools.
Imperfect, yes, but at least we could give our children the benefit of a top-notch education and subsequently reap the benefits of what they learn.