The article is talking about the tuition deregulation and the rising cost of attending a state school. And then for some reason, we’re warned about the a train wreck coming if the top ten percent rule isn’t changed at UT Austin. Huh?
Lawmakers tried but failed to regain control over tuition two years ago. And deregulation has a powerful supporter in House Speaker Tom Craddick.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, said the two-year, $152.1 billion budget his committee approved Tuesday provides enough money for state schools to forgo tuition increases.
With the top-10 admissions law, Mr. Powers said, UT is headed for a “train wreck” because more than 70 percent of students are admitted based solely on class rank.
“When we get to 80 and 90 percent it will be dire, and when we get to 100 percent it will be catastrophic,” he said. UT officials say that could happen by 2010.
What does the top ten percent rule have to do with tuition deregulation? Why will it be catastrophic when they get to 100 percent? Am I missing the connection? Maybe if tuition increases enough and financial aid decreases, UT wouldn’t have to worry about pesky students from predominately poor, urban, or minority schools from enrolling and opening up more slots for diversity candidates who didn’t make the top ten percent.