Friday, May 29, 2009

Changes Coming to Automatic Admissions Policy for University of Texas

For more than a decade, Texas students who graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class enjoyed the comfort of knowing that they could attend the state public university of their choice. This measure was adopted by the Texas legislature in 1997 as a way of increasing the diversity of the student population at University of Texas-Austin. However, the law has come under scrutiny from our elected officials this year, at the request of university officials, and it appears that changes to the policy are coming.

The State Senate has agreed to go along a House bill that will limit the number of students granted acceptance under the ten percent policy to seventy-five percent of entering freshmen from Texas. Eighty-one percent of the freshman at the school this past year were accepted based on the ten percent rule. While University officials had hoped for the cap to be more like fifty or sixty percent, they are pleased that UT-Austin will have more discretion over its incoming classes with the passage of this law. As Governor Rick Perry has already stated his support for limiting the automatic admission law, his signature of approval is expected.

We know that changes to policies in higher education affect families all across Texas. You may have been counting on your child's strong ranking in his graduating class to be his ticket to Austin, and now those plans may have to change. What the future holds for your son or daughter regarding higher education, even if those plans are still years away, impacts your business plans, the way in which wills are written, or even your child support settlements. At Bertolino LLP, we have attorneys who practice in all of these relevant areas. If you have any legal questions regarding your child and education policy in this state, please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office today.

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