College Station, Texas
How were they able to pull it off?
Embracing the Top 10 Percent Rule
The decision for A&M to avoid considering race was made in 2003 after the Supreme Court ruled that the University of Michigan could use affirmative action in its law school admissions. Before that, Texas universities were bound by a 1996 ruling from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that affirmative action was unconstitutional.
The 1996 ruling led to Texas’ Top 10 Percent Rule, which promises automatic admission into public Texas universities for students who rank near the top of their high school’s graduating class. The rule ignores the SAT and other factors, which on average benefit white and Asian students, and was meant to ensure that a certain number of students from the state’s poorer, lower-performing schools can also get into a top public college.
Plain words, affirmative action.
The top ten percent rule that everyone in the top ten percent of their class gets in, whether it’s a none too rigorous ghetto or taco high school, or a difficult white or Asian school. Meaning that D’Leiysha who was in the 91st percentile of her class at Martin Luther King High in Bell Curve, Texas gets in, while Blake who was in the 89th percentile of his class at this school doesn’t get it.