New Top 10% College Admissions Policy

Posted on 9/16/2009 6:37 PM

Earlier this year, I helped craft compromise legislation to adjust the state's top 10% automatic admission policy.  Our middle ground solution continues to offer a path to state universities for top students of all backgrounds while also preserving a path to UT-Austin for highly qualified students that fall short of the top 10%. 

The compromise limited automatic admissions to 75% of incoming freshmen at UT-Austin.  On September 14, UT-Austin sent me and TEA a letter explaining that current high school juniors in the top 8% of their classes will be automatically admitted to UT-Austin. Next year, UT-Austin will announce if that same percentage applies to current sophomores, or if the 75% cap translates into a different cut-off in class rank.
The traditional top 10% policy remains in place for current seniors and all other state universities and will be reinstated for UT-Austin if the state makes no changes before 2015.
It is important that we get these facts out to parents, students, counselors and others. It is also important that we build more top tier universities in Texas to handle the growing number of top tier students in our state.  
Here's what the San Antonio Express-News and Austin American-Statesman had to say about the announcement, including my perspective.
And if you want the details, here's the letter that UT-Austin sent TEA on September 14 about what exactly is happening.