UTPA responds to affirmative action

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POSTED: Monday, June 17, 2013 - 3:52pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 7:08am

The Supreme Court will likely decide on a case this week about affirmative action.  

It's a controversial practice of considering race during college admissions and job vacancies.  The highest court in the land could end the decades-long practice that sought to bring equality.  

The University of Texas-Pan American practices what's called a holistic approach. In its admissions process, it takes a look at everything in a student's life; more than just grades and test scores.  

"We have a holistic way of looking at our students, already here," said UTPA President Robert Nelsen. "We don't take into consideration those elements because we're trying to grow as fast as we can.  And accept as many students as we can. I hope that affirmative action is affirmed." 

Some university systems mandate affirmative action. The UT system allows each school to decide for itself how to admit students.  

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