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Monday, July 12, 2004

Ten Percent Rule Is a Failure?

The Texas Policy Institute is critical of the law in the Lone Star State that gives automatic admission to state colleges and universities to all students who finish in the top 10% of their class. According to Dr. Ronald Trowbridge:

Academic inequality has actually been compounded in Texas. Minorities have ostensibly been given special treatment not only through the 10 percent law, but even an extra edge with the 2003 five-to-four decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the University of Michigan case to permit race as a factor in college admissions.

I say “ostensibly” because the 10 percent law actually helps Caucasians more than blacks and Hispanics. Enrollment at the University of Texas, reports State Rep. Garnet Coleman, was 14 percent Hispanic and 3 percent black; at Texas A&M, 9 percent Hispanic and 2 percent black. In light of the demographics of Texas, these percentages are relatively quite low.

And there is another unintended consequence of the 10 percent law: we are told that it fosters diversity; it does not – in fact it works to the contrary.

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