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Sunday, June 13, 2004
 
Too Many Brown People

That seems to be the biggest complaint of the white suburban parents who can't buy a UT admission slot for little Becky or Bobby:
the 10 percent rule, which seemed to skirt the tricky issue of race so deftly, [deftly? who called it that other than politicans? ed.] is coming under increasing attack these days as many wealthy parents complain that their children are not getting a fair shake. A consensus seems to be building that some change is necessary.

Parents whose children have been denied admission to the University of Texas at Austin, the crown jewel of Texas higher education, argue that some high schools are better than others, and that managing to stay in the top 25 percent at a demanding school should mean more than landing in the top 10 percent at a less rigorous one. The dispute shows how hard it is to come up with a system for doling out precious but scarce spots in elite universities without angering someone.
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In many ways, the 10 percent rule has transformed the student population on the campus here. For one thing, the number of schools that send their graduates to the University of Texas has risen by a third, from just over 600 to more than 800.

And, according to the admissions office, the new freshman class will be, for the first time, more diverse than classes were before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit struck down affirmative action in higher education in 1996.
No, the moral of the story is that knee jerk simple solutions to diversity questions, like those championed by then Gov. Bush and now by his Presidential administration, usually don't work out the way they were planned.

I'm sure that in the minds of the folks who pushed this law, they never considered that soooo many "diverse" students would gain admission at the expense of their own kids. God forbid that Becky would have to go to El Paso State! And I love the fact that the parents are now claiming that SAT scores are everything after years of data that shows that they are a poor predictor of performance.

On the other hand, the Univeristy admissions department should be given some discretion to admit "specialized" students, but *NOT* at the expense of the 10% rule. If you make a promise, you damn well better keep it.
 
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