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|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.|
|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|
|Pages:||255 - 280|
|Type of Material:||Journal Article|
|Journal/Proceeding Title:||Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis|
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