Deal struck on top 10%
Mon May 25, 2009 2:59 am

Here are the elements of the deal:

* Automatic admissions capped at 75% of resident admits for UT only, starting with the entering class of 2011 and ending in 2015.

* UT may not use legacy status in its admissions process.

* Cap % of non-residents enrolled in the freshman class at 10%.

* Improve notification provisions to students and parents.

* New reforms do not apply if UT admits fewer students from high schools in the bottom quintile of college-going rates, based on a two-year rolling average.

* New reforms do not apply if a court order or board of regents prohibits the use of race or ethnicity in the admissions process.

* New reforms do not apply if UT-Austin fails to improve outreach and recruitment of undergrads from other general academic teaching institutions to their graduate programs.

The fifth item above -- "Improve notification provisions to students and parents" -- is crucial. One of the problems UT has in recruiting minority students is that school counselors spend far more time on discipline and dropouts than they spend on college advising. Many students in urban high schools never learn that they have an automatic place at the University of Texas if they finish in the top 10% of their class.

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