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Top 10 Percent Change Advancing in Texas Senate

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    Top 10 Percent Change Advancing in Texas Senate
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    Students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their class may no longer be guaranteed acceptance into public Texas universities if this bill passes.

    A bill that sets new limits on the state's top 10 percent university admissions law is advancing in the state Senate.

    Texas guarantees state high school graduates admission to public universities if they finish in the top 10 percent of their class. The 1997 law was designed to promote campus diversity, most notably at the University of Texas.

    The bill by Sen. Kel Seliger would cap top 10 percent admissions at 30 percent. It passed the Senate Higher Education Committee on Wednesday and goes to the full Senate for consideration.

    Opponents of the bill say the top 10 percent law has opened doors to students previously denied access to the state's top universities. Critics of the law say it shuts out other high quality students.