Alabama public universities chasing out-of-state students

An education piece informed by the work of PARCA Special Report: The upgrades and expansions on the campus in Tuscaloosa are part of a building boom at campuses across Alabama. Within five years, the state's 16 public universities plan to spend $2 billion building and renovating, updating and expanding, much of it aimed at pulling in more students - and more tuition - to make up for slow growth in state tax support.

While Alabama's college-age population is projected to be essentially the same a decade from now, state universities are hoping to add at least 15,000 students over current enrollment. That means most of the growth will come from out of state, particularly from booming Southern neighbors
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