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Lawmakers May Toss Out ‘Top 10 Percent’ State University Acceptance Rule

By Krystal Cruz

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Last week, Texas Senators proposed Senate Bill 2119, a bill aimed to eliminate the law that allows public state universities to determine their own admission criteria for applicants. Current law states a student graduating at the top 10 percent of their Texas high school class receives automatic admission into any Texas public institution.

UT Austin is the only institution with an exception to this rule due to an overwhelming number of automatic admittees trying to attend the school. Now, the university typically admits students in the top seven or eight percent.

The proposed bill would ultimately eliminate the program and possibly endanger the number of minority students admitted into Texas post-secondary institutions. In response to this concern, SB 2119’s co-author Sen. Ken Seliger ensures there will be rules made to ensure diversity in the admitted student body.

According to the Daily Texan, Seliger said the revised version of the bill would require each public institution to report the demographics of admitted and enrolled students to ensure the institutions are diversifying the student body.

No action was taken on the bill at the Higher Education Committee meeting last Wednesday but it could be up for a vote from the committee next week.

To read more about the bill with The Daily Texan, click here.