ATLANTA -- The University System Board of Regents approved a plan yesterday aimed at drawing more Hispanic students to Georgia's public colleges and universities.
But the decision came only after staffers agreed to return to the board for final action on what could emerge as the effort's most controversial element.
The plan, based on the recommendations of a task force of Hispanic leaders and academicians, calls for the system to offer more scholarships and other forms of financial aid to Latino students, beef up marketing of the benefits of higher education to the Hispanic community and increase efforts to recruit and retain Latino faculty and staff.
But it stops short of committing the state to admitting all students who graduate from Georgia high schools, regardless of their immigration status. Instead, the plan authorizes the board to work with the state Attorney General's Office to examine the legal ramifications of allowing the children of undocumented workers to enroll in the system.
"We'll have to get back to you with the attorney general's advice before taking any action," Arthur Dunning, the university system's senior vice chancellor for human and external resources, told the regents. …