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Minority Talent Loss and the Texas Top 10 Percent Law

Author(s): Niu, Sunny Xinchun; Sullivan, Teresa; Tienda, Marta

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Abstract: Objective—To examine how knowledge about the Texas top 10% law influences college enrollment decisions of high achieving students minority and nonminority students. Data and Methods—Using a representative survey of graduates from Texas public high schools in 2002, we compare self-reported and transcript-verified class rank and estimate probit models to assess the likelihood that top-ranked minority students know about the law. Results—Family socioeconomic status largely explains why highly ranked black and Hispanic students know less about the top 10% law than comparable whites, but parents’ lack of fluency in English is a significant information barrier for college-bound, top 10% Hispanic students from predominantly minority high schools. Nearly one-fifth of college-oriented black and Hispanic top 10% seniors who did not know about the law failed to enroll anywhere. Conclusion—Inadequate information about the top 10% law undermines enrollment of talented minorities in higher education.
Publication Date: Dec-2008
Citation: Niu, Sunny Xinchun, Sullivan, Teresa, Tienda, Marta. (2008). Minority Talent Loss and the Texas Top 10 Percent Law. Social Science Quarterly, 89 (4), 831 - 845. doi:10.1111/j.1540-6237.2008.00586.x
DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1540-6237.2008.00586.x
ISSN: 0038-4941
EISSN: 1540-6237
Pages: 831 - 845
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Social Science Quarterly
Version: Author's manuscript

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