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"Percentage Plans" for College Admissions. ACE Issue Brief.

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In reaction to the "Hopwood v. Texas" decision, which declared the use of race in college admissions illegal, Texas created a percentage plan that guaranteed admission to students who graduate within a specified percentile of their high school class. Under the Texas plan, any student graduating in the top 10% of his or her high school class is guaranteed admission to any state college or university. Other states have adopted such plans, and the features of percentage plans in five states are outlined in this brief. Only the plan in Texas has been in existence long enough to be evaluated, and the conclusion of the chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is that the university system now rejects minority students who would have been admitted in the past, and who would have succeeded in college. However, the University at Texas has been able to maintain the same percentage of minority students after "Hopwood" by using the percentage plan. It appears, however, that minority students who attend very strong high schools, who would do better than students who attended weak high schools and finished in the top 10% of their classes, may not be able to attend state institutions. (SLD)

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Author:Shushok, Frank
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Date:Jan 1, 2001
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