Leicht says Texas has widened access to its elite flagship schools so much that UT-Austin has been overwhelmed.
“The Texas problem is a big population, two flagship campuses, and far too few slots,” he says. “What the university system needs to do is figure out ways to make all of the campuses more appealing.
But that would require thinking beyond your own child’s immediate admissions to UT Austin. And in all likelihood, it would require the state to invest in other schools. Now you know why there’s so much focus on changing the top 10 percent rule, it’s easier than trying to get the money to improve the rest of the schools.