Admissions Inquiry Takes Center Stage in UT Saga

Part 1 of a three-part series on the debate over lawmakers and UT-Austin's admissions process

When they have a point to make, Texas politicians can be a letter-writing bunch. They write letters to fellow legislators about other legislators, letters to other political candidates about campaign rhetoric and letters to President Obama about federal regulations.

Some letters written by legislators recommending prospective college students have gotten more attention in recent months. Lawmakers have endorsed would-be University of Texas at Austin students who possess “a unique combination of self-confidence, intelligence, leadership, and a fundamental decency,” are “accomplished more than any ...

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