Skip to main content

Winners and Losers: Changes in Texas University Admissions Post-Hopwood

Author(s): Long, Mark C.; Tienda, Marta

To refer to this page use:
Abstract: This paper evaluates changes in the racial and ethnic composition of admissions at three Texas universities following the judicial ban on affirmative action imposed by the 1996 Hopwood decision. We estimate the extent to which universities practiced affirmative action before the judicial ban, and evaluate how admission officers at these universities changed the relative weights accorded to various applicant characteristics during the ban. After assessing whether changes in the relative weights favored minority applicants, we simulate the degree to which these new policies succeeded in maintaining minority admission rates at their pre-Hopwood levels. We find that these universities complied with the Hopwood ruling such that direct advantages given to black and Hispanic applicants disappeared (and, in some cases, became disadvantages). While we find some evidence that universities changed the weights they placed on applicant characteristics aside from race and ethnicity in ways that aided underrepresented minority applicants, these changes in the admissions process were insufficient to fully restore black and Hispanic applicants’ share of admitted students.
Publication Date: Sep-2008
Electronic Publication Date: 17-Jan-2017
Citation: Long, Mark C, Tienda, Marta. (2008). Winners and Losers: Changes in Texas University Admissions Post-Hopwood. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 30 (3), 255 - 280. doi:10.3102/0162373708321384
DOI: doi:10.3102/0162373708321384
ISSN: 0162-3737
EISSN: 1935-1062
Pages: 255 - 280
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis
Version: Author's manuscript

Items in OAR@Princeton are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.