Tribpedia: Top 10 Percent Rule

The Top 10 Percent Rule is a provision that allowed for all Texas high school students who finished in the top 10 percent of their graduating class to be guaranteed admission at any public university in the state.

The intent of the rule was to promote ethnic diversity at Texas colleges and universities. The rule was changed in 2009 to ...

Sam Houston State Sees Payoff With Advising Center

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A mere 30 percent of students who enroll as freshmen at Sam Houston State in Hunstville graduate in four years. But that is a big step up from where the university was a decade ago, and a nationally recognized advising center is given credit for the strides.

Edward Blum, director of the Project on Fair Representation, in his Manhattan apartment on Feb. 22, 2012.
Edward Blum, director of the Project on Fair Representation, in his Manhattan apartment on Feb. 22, 2012.

The Man Behind the Texas Anti-Affirmative Action Suit

A self-described autodidact who has no formal scholarly background, Edward Blum is a key player in Fisher v. University of Texas, the affirmative action case headed to the U.S. Supreme Court that could halt the use of race in university admissions. But for all his involvement in high-profile litigation, Blum is a surprisingly solitary actor.

Court Hears Case Involving UT Admissions Policy

A panel of federal judges will hear arguments today for and against the University of Texas at Austin’s race-based admissions system, which the school has used for decades as part of what its "holistic" admissions program. Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports.

Affirmative Action Suit Challenges UT Admission Policy

A court case involving two University of Texas applicants who believe they were denied admission because they're white threatens to reinvigorate an ideological skirmish that peaked in the late 1990s. The first lawsuit of its kind brought against a university since a pair of landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions in 2003, Fisher v. Texas has observers everywhere wondering if the state's troubled history with race-based admissions makes it the ideal incubator for the next round of affirmative action battles.