Ruling puts new focus on whether Texas’ ‘Top 10 Percent’ admissions rule is working

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court recently kicked the University of Texas affirmative action admission plan back to lower courts for “strict scrutiny.” The “Top 10 Percent” rule will likely get a closer look.

The rule, created by the state Legislature in 1997, guarantees admission to state colleges for students with the best grades in any Texas high school. It was created after courts killed the state’s prior affirmative action plan.

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How well did it work? The University of Texas at Austin’s answer to the Supreme Court is: Not well enough; other measures are needed to ensure sufficient diversity.

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