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Gov. Abbott Would Like to Retool 10% College Admission Law

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Bob Daemmerich
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Texas Tribune

Texas’s controversial “Top 10 Percent” college admission rule could be in jeopardy when the state legislature meets again in 2017. Gov. Greg Abbott has called for changes to the law, reports The Texas Tribune. The legislation, as it stands now, promises automatic admission into any Texas public university for all students who finish in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class.

The overwhelming majority of Texans who get into UT-Austin are admitted because of the policy. Gov. Abbott recently said in an interview that UT-Austin should be given more latitude in whom it chooses to admit.

The rule was designed to promote diversity at the state's top universities. Critics say the law is unfair to students from affluent and suburban schools, where it’s harder to crack the top 10 percent. Evidently Abbott, agrees with those concerns.