Vasquez Heilig, J., Rodriguez, C., & Somers, P. (2011). Immigrant DREAMs: The Texas 10% admissions plan, ELL student college choice and academic success. Journal of Latinos and Education, 10(2), 106-126.
English learners (ELs) are facing unique issues in higher education that remain largely unexplored. This research focuses on college choice, enrollment and graduation of high-achieving ELs who were eligible for automatic admission to any Texas public higher education institution by graduating in the Top 10% of their high school class. We found large enrollment gains for ELs were not observed until revised Texas DREAM legislation stipulated that immigrant students fulfilling reformulated residency requirements were entitled to in-state tuition rates. The majority of Top 10% ELs enrolled at border institutions, were largely first-generation college students, and experienced generally higher cohort graduation rates at Texas flagship universities.