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Reply to "The Texas 10% Plan"

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/10/15/60minutes/main649704.shtml
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Still, most of the kids entering under the Top 10 plan are white, because the guarantee applies to every high school in Texas.

But if every student entitled to come to the University of Texas actually came, would the university be able to handle it? "No, we couldn't come close to handling it," says Faulkner. "And in fact, that's where we are now."

Where they are right now is almost out of control: forced to accept more and more "Top 10" percenters. This year, they made up two-thirds of the freshman class.


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"The current situation in Texas is that you can have a young man who is an Eagle Scout, who's president of his student council and captain of his football team. But because he's in the top 12 percent, he's not automatically admitted," says Wentworth. "But somebody else who's in the top 10 percent, who didn't even take the recommended curriculum for college work, who took the minimum curriculum, automatically goes to the University of Texas at Austin -- and that's not fair."


I originally didn't want to lend my opinion to this debate, but he's got a point: if I go to a really difficult school and take as many advanced courses as possible, and get relatively high SAT score (1300+), but still come out in the top 15% due to extreme academic competition, I have a to compete for admission than the person from a failing school whose curriculum included remedial courses and who garnered a 950 SAT--he's automatically admitted. Actually, that doesn't sound reasonable. There is likely some minimum standard that all 10 percenters have to achiece before being admitted. The plan has possible snags like that, but overall I think it's a good plan. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem the Texas university system has the room or money for so many students :-(
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