Supreme Court to Hear Case on Affirmative Action - NYTimes.com
Ottway Ducard stashed this in education
Touchy, touchy, touchy subject.
I will say this, if you are smart and live in Texas , undoubtedly UT-Austin is one of the easiest schools to get into...certainly seems unfair to her, but they don't call it the "top ten" program for nothing.
"Three-quarters of applicants from Texas are admitted under a program that guarantees admission to the top students in every high school in the state. (Almost everyone calls this the Top Ten program, though the percentage cutoff can vary. Ms. Fisher barely missed the cutoff.) The remaining Texas students and those from elsewhere are considered under standards that take account of academic achievement and other factors, including race and ethnicity.
In the fall of last year, freshmen who enrolled under the program were 26 percent Hispanic and 6 percent black. Texas is 38 percent Hispanic and 12 percent black."
Yes, it's touchy, but it's statistically significant that UT's population is far off from Texas's population.