US: Texas scales back access programmeThe New York Times. The action put limits on a 10-year-old experiment to increase diversity in the colleges.
The University of Texas, Austin, a top-ranked institution, had sought changes to the programme for years because it allowed admissions officials almost no latitude in putting together a class and endangered some important but less popular departments, like music. Last year, 81% of the members of the incoming class were admitted under the 10% rule.
Suburban parents with students at schools with rigorous standards also complained that the law discriminated against their children, since it was harder to make the cut at such schools than at smaller, rural and some urban schools.
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