UTPA States Race Not Involved in Admission Acceptance

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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 10:28am

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case involving affirmative action in college admissions at the University of Texas in Austin.

The case centers around a student who accuses the university of denying her admission to the school because she's white. University of Texas-Pan American officials say that the decision won't affect the school because administrators don't look at race when it comes to admission's acceptance. They say admission officials look at classroom and test performances when a student applies for admission. UTPA Enrollment Services Magdalena Hinojosa states, "We are completely autonomous when it comes to admissions policies, now there are policies, both system and legislatively mandated, that anytime we go to change our admissions policies, they must have UT board approval. They must be published for an entire year before they can go into affect."

UTPA says they have made changes to their admissions policies a few times since 2005.

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