Hispanics in Higher Education and the Texas Top 10% Law

Monday, Apr 23, 2012

Texas' policy of admitting the top 10% of graduating high school seniors to its public universities coincided with a drop in the proportion of Hispanic student admissions at the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University, found a study by Princeton's Angel L. Harris, an assistant professor of sociology, and Marta Tienda, a professor of sociology and public affairs. The 10% policy was created after race-conscious admissions were banned by a federal judge. The findings were published in the journal Race and Social Problems. (Online First™, 5 April 2012). The study was reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education.