what's the effect of the 10% rule?

In Texas, state universities have to accept any Texas applicant who graduates in the top 10%of his/her class. A rule that was put into place to increase diversity, this is about to be challenged by lawmakers because, they say, it limits opportunities for other students.

I don’t know if that’s true. What I do know is that the rule has done what it intended. From the University of Texas at Austin, nd Texas A&M University at College Station, via the Houston Chronicle:

TOP 10 PERCENT LAW
Before Top 10 Percent:

  • 616: High schools represented at University of Texas at Austin
  • 719 :High schools represented at Texas A&M University

After Top 10 Percent:

  • 853: High schools represented at University of Texas at Austin
  • 868: High schools represented at Texas A&M university

Minority enrollment changes

  • A&M: Minority students increased from 11 percent to 14 percent
  • UT: Hispanic students rose from 16 percent to 21 percent. African-American enrollment rose from 4 percent to 5 percent.

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