From Jim Crow to the Top 10% Plan: A historical analysis of Latina/o access to a selective flagship university

Vasquez Heilig, J., Dietz, L. & Volonnino, M. (2011). From Jim Crow to the Top 10% Plan: A historical analysis of Latina/o access to a selective flagship university. Enrollment Management Journal: Student Access, Finance, and Success in Higher Education, 5(3), 83-109.

Considering the University of Texas at Austin’s history as a progenitor of minority access in the South, this article examines key events, contexts and policies in the history of selective higher education admissions and enrollment. The historical narrative covers a wide swath, from segregation to the current Top 10% admission policy. The authors found that Latina/o enrollment disparities expanded between 1937 and 2008. Latina/o demographic growth far outpaced enrollment growth resulting in a dramatic underrepresentation of more than double the Jim Crow era.

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Author:Julian Vasquez Heilig

Julian Vasquez Heilig is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Planning and African and African Diaspora Studies (by courtesy) at the University of Texas at Austin.

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