posted on Mar, 28 2008 @ 10:08 AM
I was reading through the news on Yahoo when I came across
article from USA Today. I searched ATS but found nothing concerning it.
Ten years ago, after a federal court blocked Texas colleges from considering race as a factor in admissions, the state, with George W. Bush as
governor, came up with an innovative alternative. In an attempt to make affirmative action colorblind, the top 10% of graduates at each of the
state's high schools was granted automatic admission to state universities.
Since this went into effect in Texas more minorities have gotten into better colleges based on their high school class standing than were getting in
through affirmative action. This, to me, seems like a good thing and a better way of determining who gets into college than basing it off race and
turning down one student because another student of a different race applied and student #2 will fill the racial quotas.
On the other side
, those who do not like the 10% rule say that by taking the top 10% from each
school some students who do extremely well but fall just below the top 10% may not get into a good college. I could see this happening, but only
rarely. The way I see it, if you get good grades in high school and do well on your SAT/ACT you are most likely getting into college if you apply.
The text of the bill can be found here
for those who wish
to read it.
I would like to hear everyone's thoughts on this. Assuming you don't live in Texas, or a state with a similar bill, would you support something like