Hispanics in Higher Education and the Texas Top 10% Law

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Journal Article

This paper examines the consequences of changes in Hispanic college enrollment after affirmative action was banned and replaced by an admission guarantee for students who graduate in the top 10% of their high school class. We use administrative data on applicants, admittees, and enrollees from the two most selective public institutions and Texas Education Agency data about high schools to evaluate whether and how application, admission, and enrollment rates changed under the three admission regimes. Despite popular claims that the top 10% law has restored diversity to Texas's public flagships, our analyses that account for secular changes in the size of graduation cohorts show that Hispanics are more disadvantaged relative to whites under the top 10% admission regime at both University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University. Simulations of Hispanics' gains and losses at each stage of the college pipeline reveal that affirmative action is the most efficient policy to diversify college campuses, even in highly segregated states like Texas. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Harris, AL; Tienda, M

Published Date

  • December 1, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 57 - 67

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1867-1756

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1867-1748

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s12552-012-9065-7

Citation Source

  • Scopus