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ERIC Number: EJ880618
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3737
Minority Student Academic Performance under the Uniform Admission Law: Evidence from the University of Texas at Austin
Niu, Sunny X.; Tienda, Marta
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v32 n1 p44-69 2010
The University of Texas at Austin administrative data between 1990 and 2003 are used to evaluate claims that students granted automatic admission based on top 10% class rank underperform academically relative to lower ranked students who graduate from highly competitive high schools. Compared with White students ranked at or below the third decile, top 10% Black and Hispanic enrollees arrive with lower average standardized test scores yet consistently perform as well or better in grades, 1st-year persistence, and 4-year graduation likelihood. A similar story obtains for top 10% graduates from Longhorn high schools versus lower ranked students who graduate from highly competitive feeder high schools. Multivariate results reveal that high school attended rather than test scores is largely responsible for racial differences in college performance. (Contains 5 figures, 4 tables, and 22 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas