New Tactic to Try to Kill 10% Admissions System

March 5, 2009

Officials of the University of Texas at Austin may have a new way to convince legislators to do away with the "10 percent" admissions law: football. The law, adopted as a means to promote diversity, assures admission to any public institution to anyone in the top 10 percent of a Texas high school's graduating class. Because so many of those students enroll at Austin, officials there say that they have lost too much flexibility in admissions decisions. The university's quest to change the law nearly succeeded two years ago, but was killed at the last minute by legislators who think the law is still effective. On Wednesday, William Powers Jr., president at Austin, told lawmakers that without a change in the law, the university would soon reach a point where it could not admit international students or even ... athletes, The Austin American-Statesman reported.

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