Top 10 Myths of the Top Ten Percent Plan
Proposals Could Break Promises to 15,000
San Antonio (March 18, 2009) – Texas policymakers are considering whether or not to water-down the Texas Top Ten Percent plan that has expanded access to Texas’ top universities to more diverse students and to more high schools. The measures under consideration would place caps on the number of top students that would be guaranteed admission, reducing the number of automatic admissions by as many as 15,000 students.
If caps are put in place, high-achieving
Originally, Top Ten Percent plan was a response to a federal court ruling that prohibited the use of affirmative action in college admissions decisions. The Top Ten Percent Plan has evolved into a simple, transparent merit-based plan that ensures that all top
Much of the debate has been distorted by major myths about the Top Ten Percent Plan, its impact on universities and its probable effects if changed. IDRA believes that such an important public policy debate should be informed by facts rather than fiction and offers the following myths and myth-busters to help inform and elevate the upcoming debate.
Myth #1: UT-Austin has too many Top Ten Percenters.
Mythbuster: Why is this a problem? Major universities usually want more top students, not fewer.
Myth #2: Capping
Myth #3: Capping
Mythbuster: While minority student enrollment is not where it needs to be at the state’s major universities, minority enrollment has been increasing since the adoption of the Ten Percent Plan. If
Myth #4: Capping
Mythbuster: In 2007, half of all Top Ten Percent students were White. If
Myth #5: All
Mythbuster: The bigger the school and its graduating class, the bigger the hit. Find out how many of your high school students will be denied automatic admission at http://www.idra.org/education-policy/ by school and county.
Myth #6: All Top Ten Percenters apply to UT-Austin, and every Top Ten Percent student who is admitted to UT-Austin enrolls.
Mythbuster: Only one out of three of all of
Myth #7: Capping
Myth #8: UT-Austin’s Top Ten Percent students don’t stay in school and graduate.
Mythbuster: Persistence and graduation rates of Top Ten Percenters have increased at UT-Austin since the adoption of the Top Ten Percent Plan.
Myth #9: The 0.19 GPA difference between the top half of the Top Ten Percenters at UT-Austin and the bottom half matters.
Mythbuster: What do you call students who graduate from UT-Austin with a 2.83 or a 3.02 GPA? – Alumni. Furthermore, Top Ten Percenters as a whole do better academically than non-Top Ten Percenters.
Myth #10: Capping
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