The Texas Top Ten Percent Plan’s Legacy in Supporting Equal Access to College – Policy Brief

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As Texas continues to graduate a more diverse group of students from its public high schools, competition for limited seats at the state’s flagship universities grows tighter each year. While not a stand-alone solution to achieving equal access to those universities, the Top Ten Percent Plan has led to greater racial, socioeconomic and geographic diversity of qualified students admitted to and enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin). Rather than further scaling back on the Top Ten Percent Plan, policymakers should explore other equitable policies to complement the Top Ten Percent Plan and support increased college enrollment and completion (see recommendations below). March 2019

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