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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.|
|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|
|Pages:||44 - 69|
|Type of Material:||Journal Article|
|Journal/Proceeding Title:||Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis|
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