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Texas Legislature Changes the Top 10% Law
Revised Top 10% Bill
175] Passed by the 81st Texas
Legislature on May 30, 2009.
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"Tracing the Effects of Guarenteed Admission Through the College Process: Evidence from a Policy Discontinuity in the Texas 10% Plan" National Bureau of Economic Research, January 2013.
"Scrutiny for Affirmative Action" Inside Higer Ed, October 11, 2012.
"Race Con-Conscious Admissions in Texas" The New York Times, October 10, 2012.
"Supreme Court Is Flooded With Briefs Defending Race-Conscious Admissions" The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 14, 2012.
"U. of Texas Aims at Supreme Court's Likely Swing Vote in Defending Race-Conscious Admissions" The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 7, 2012.
"Texas Lawsuit Complicates Presidential Race" The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 30, 2012.
"Supreme Court to hear Fisher vs. UT in Ocotober" The Daily Texan, July 25, 2012.
"The Other Big Supreme Court Case" The New Yorker, May 1, 2012.
"Defending UT Austin's admission standards? Pricey." AP, April 22, 2012.
"Does the Texas Top-10-Percent Plan Work?" The Chronicle, April 20, 2012.
Texas Affirmative Action Ban: Study Finds Hispanics Are More Underrepresented In Texas Universities" Huffington Post, April 12, 2012.
Changing Top 10% Law in House's Hands"
Houston Chronicle, March
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THEOP, 2000 – 2010
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Higher Education Opportunity Project, which began in 2000 with a
pilot grant from the Ford Foundation, officially ended on 31
December 2010. The January (2010) issue of the Annals
of the Academy of Political and Social Sciences co-edited
with Mark Long is devoted to findings from THEOP. I summarize
several key lessons from the Texas top 10% law in “Equity,
Diversity and College Admission: Lessons from the Texas Uniform
Admission Law,” which appeared in a volume edited by
Eric Grodsky and Michal Kurlaender, Equal Opportunity in
Higher Education: The Past and Future of Proposition 209
(Cambridge: Harvard University Education Press).
We will continue to update the website as
new papers are produced. The key restricted
use data files have been transferred to ICPSR; these include the senior and sophomore
merged Wave 1 and Wave 2 files, and administrative data for UT
and TAMU. We look forward to seeing
many more scholarly articles from users in the coming years.
Thanks to all the program officers at Ford,
Hewlett, Mellon, and Spencer Foundations, and to the National
Science Foundation for financial support; to Jorge Balan,
Michael McPherson and my co-principal investigator Teresa
Sullivan for intellectual support, and to the public and
research advisory committees for their judicious advice during
the early stages of the study. I am in debt to all the
collaborating investigators who contributed to the project over
the past decade and especially to the core team at
Princeton—Sunny Niu and Dawn Koffman—whose dedication to the
highest standards of data production and analysis multiplied the
contributions of every analyst.
Marta Tienda, Principal Investigator
The Texas Higher
Education Opportunity Project (THEOP) investigates college planning and enrollment
behavior under a policy that guarantees high school seniors who
graduate in the top 10% of their class admission to any Texas
public college or university. The study is based on a two-cohort
longitudinal survey of sophomores and seniors who were enrolled in
Texas public schools as of spring, 2002. The senior cohort was
re-interviewed in 2003 and again in 2006. Sophomores were
re-interviewed in 2004, when most were high school seniors.
The investigators have also assembled administrative data from 7
public and 2 private universities in Texas. The administrative data files,
which include applicant records and term files for enrollees, have
been standardized for maximum comparability over time
and across institutions.
The baseline applicant files
provide data on personal background, educational background, and application data.
Funding for THEOP
is provided by the Spencer Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the
Hewlett Foundation, the
Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation