A Texas Senate panel approved a bill to no longer guarantee automatic admission to a public university to the top 10 percent of high school graduates.
The plan would cap Top 10 percent admissions to 50 percent of a school's entering freshman class.
More than 80 percent of current freshmen at the University of Texas gained admission through the automatic-entry guarantee.
Sen. Florence Shapiro of Plano said -- practically speaking at UT -- only students graduating in the top 6-8 percent would be guaranteed admission under current trends. It only affects colleges that admit 50 percent or more of entering freshmen under automatic guarantee provisions.
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But Sen. Royce West of Dallas raised concerns about efforts to recruit minorities.
UT President William Powers said the school is allowed to use race-based affirmative action. Powers said that's a preferable and more flexible route to diversity.