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Minority Student Academic Performance Under the Uniform Admission Law: Evidence From The University of Texas at Austin

Author(s): Niu, Sunny X.; Tienda, Marta

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Abstract: UT-Austin administrative data between 1990 and 2003 are used to evaluate claims that students granted automatic admission based on top 10% class rank underperform academically relative to lower ranked students who graduate from highly competitive high schools. Compared with white students ranked at or below the third decile, top 10% black and Hispanic enrollees arrive with lower average standardized test scores, yet consistently performed as well or better in grades, first year persistence, and four-year graduation likelihood. A similar story obtains for top 10% graduates from Longhorn high schools verses lower-ranked students who graduated from highly competitive feeder high schools. Multivariate results reveal that high school attended rather than test scores is largely responsible for racial differences in college performance.
Publication Date: Mar-2010
Electronic Publication Date: Mar-2010
Citation: Niu, Sunny X., Tienda, Marta. (2010). Minority Student Academic Performance under the Uniform Admission Law: Evidence from the University of Texas at Austin. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 32 (1), 44 - 69. doi:10.3102/0162373709360063
DOI: doi:10.3102/0162373709360063
ISSN: 0162-3737
EISSN: 1935-1062
Pages: 44 - 69
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis
Version: Author's manuscript

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