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ERIC Number: EJ809581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3737
Winners and Losers: Changes in Texas University Admissions Post-"Hopwood"
Long, Mark C.; Tienda, Marta
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v30 n3 p255-280 2008
This article evaluates changes in racial and ethnic composition of three Texas universities following the ban on affirmative action imposed by the 1996 "Hopwood" decision. The authors estimate the extent to which universities practiced affirmative action before the ban and evaluate how officers at these universities responded by changing relative weights accorded to various applicant characteristics. After assessing whether changes in the relative weights favored minority applicants, the degree to which these new policies succeeded in maintaining minority shares at their pre-"Hopwood" levels is simulated. This article finds that these universities complied with the "Hopwood" ruling such that direct advantages given to Black and Hispanic applicants disappeared (and in some cases became disadvantages). Although there is some evidence that universities changed the weights they placed on applicant characteristics in ways that aided underrepresented minority applicants, these changes were insufficient to restore Black and Hispanic applicants' share of admitted students. (Contains 6 tables, 1 figure, and 52 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas