Texas Ed: Comments on Education from Texas

May 28, 2007

No change to the top ten percent rule

Filed under: college admissions, Florence Shapiro, Top Ten Percent Rule — texased @ 11:40 am


MySA.com: Metro | State

AUSTIN — In a surprise move, the Texas House shot down a bill Sunday night that would have limited automatic admissions at the University of Texas at Austin for students graduating in the top 10 percent of their class.

A cheer went up in the chamber with the final vote, 75-64, against adopting a compromise bill that would have let public universities cap admissions of high-ranking students at 50 percent.

Now maybe people can start thinking about what Texas can do to improve the quality of all it’s universities.

As for the brain drain argument, drain away. Maybe all of these people who leave the state will choose to live outside of Texas. Then as more graduates of Texas’ top universities look more like Texas as a whole, these graduates will lead the way to improve higher education opportunities for everyone, not just the children of wealthy parents in north Dallas and the Houston suburbs.



  1. Hey, guess what, UT just reported that 81% of their incoming freshman class will be admitted under the top 10% rule. Therefore, 81% of the students were admitted for class rank ALONE. How’s that for diversity?

    So you’re for diversity, just so long as it’s only racial diversity and no other kind. Tell me, how is it right for the government to force an institution of higher education to admit someone whether they want to or not? When there’s a screw-up this big, you know the government’s behind it.

    Comment by Jordan Schmittou — April 15, 2008 @ 5:00 am

  2. Ahhh, another one blames it one racial diversity only…
    please see http://www.texasedspectator.com/2008/04/02/maybe-we-need-more-tier-1-universities/

    Comment by texased — April 15, 2008 @ 8:10 am

  3. Let’s keep in mind that the rule does not hurt all the students that actually meet the admissions criteria, but that it helps alot of them as well. It not just an us against them thing.
    In fact many of the students admitted under the top ten percent rule have high scores and would have met the requirements which is part of why they made it into the top ten percent in the first place.

    Comment by Jacquelyn Andrews — July 2, 2008 @ 9:11 pm

  4. diversity stinks

    Comment by JoeMamma — August 11, 2008 @ 2:18 pm

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