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2/17/05-Tyler

"Top Ten Percent" Law Blamed For College Overcrowding, Set For Revamp

The law has opened the doors to many Texas teens to get a quality education from a state-run university. But now, the so-called Ten Percent Law may be changing.

Students in the top ten percent of their high school classes get guaranteed admission at any public university, but critics say too many students taking advantage are overloading state universities like the University of Texas at Austin.

The UT System chancellor, Mark Yudof, was in East Texas Thursday speaking to the Greater Tyler Chamber of Commerce. He says the system needs a change, and it could happen soon.

"Our concern right now is that we don't think it's fair to have students admitted exclusively by their rank in high school. We'd like a more holistic admission system so we think we need some limits," Yudof said.

Two-thirds of freshmen at UT Austin this year enrolled under the Ten Percent rule. Some lawmakers say SAT scores or life experiences need to once again be considered when choosing applicants.

Reported by Morgan Palmer.

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