Letters to the Editors: On Individual Assessment & Desegregation

Letters from the Editor of the Texas Civil Rights Review

The Jan. 9 statement that announced the revocation of “legacy” considerations in the admissions process, said, “not one student of the more than 10,000 who were admitted was admitted solely on the basis of legacy.”

If legacy has long been an admissions criterion and nobody has ever been admitted “solely” on its basis, then what about race? Wouldn’t it also be true that during the long years of considering race as an admissions factor, nobody was every admitted “solely” on the basis of race?

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A&M Drops Legacy Admissions Policy

Gates: Expects Flood of Emails as Mays Fails to Return Calls

Gates said he was prepared for a flood of e-mails on the subject and that he hopes most Aggies see this as the “next logical step” in a new approach to picking the A&M student body.

“My guess is that a lot of former students don’t really appreciate how little impact legacy has had on the process in the real world,” he said. “If the reality is that legacy helped 300 get in, the perception of some Aggies is probably that it’s 3,000.”

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Reader Feedback from Tyrone Smith: Revoke A&M's Funding

Civil Rights does not mean equal opportunity, it means equal results. We do not even have equal opportunity in many situations (education, job income, etc.) and even if we did, IT WOULD NOT BE ENOUGH. It is time to take back from the white man what he has taken from us for so long. Affirmative action is a first step, but we must go further. We MUST require quotas for corporate America and educational institutions to ensure we get what we deserve and are entitled to. Texas A&M should be stripped of all state funds until it establishes an affirmative action policy, and if black students don’t exceed the percentage of the general populace within 4 years, funds should be revoked PERMANENTLY. First steps to freedom! [tsmith5001@yahoo.com 1/9/2004]

Lawmakers press A&M to change legacy policy

Fort Worth Star Telegram
Wire Reports

A group of angry state lawmakers implored Texas A&M University on Wednesday to change an admissions policy that gives preference to applicants whose parents or grandparents graduated from the school.

Representatives of state civil rights groups indicated that they would sue the school if the policy doesn’t change.

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A&M 'legacy' policy seen related to lack of minorities

By Matt Flores
San Antonio Express-News

Citing Texas A&M University’s poor record of attracting minority students, legislators Wednesday called on the institution to abandon its practice of giving a boost in the admissions process to children, grandchildren and siblings of alumni.

“You can’t close the door on affirmative action and make birthright an entitlement to admission,” state Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, said in a news conference.

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Houston Chronicle: End 'legacy' program, A&M urged

Minorities say policy favors white applicants

Jan. 8, 2004

By Todd Ackerman
Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle

Minority politicians and activists around the state Wednesday urged Texas A&M University to bring consistency to an admissions policy that doesn’t consider race or ethnicity but includes a “legacy” program that favors whites.

The legacy program, which gives points to applicants whose parents, siblings or grandparents went to A&M, is the deciding factor in the admission of more than 300 white freshmen annually. Only a handful of blacks and about 25 Hispanics are admitted each year because of the program.

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Ellis, Barrientos, Dukes, NAACP, MALDEF and More Join in Dissent against A&M

Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

Jan. 7, 2004

State Officials, Civil Rights Advocates
Call on Texas A&M to Correct Admissions Policies

Austin, TX–Senators Rodney Ellis and Gonzalo Barrientos were joined by State Representative Dawnna Dukes the NAACP, LULAC, MALDEF, and the Texas Civil Rights project for a press conference on Wednesday focusing attention on the admissions situation at Texas A&M University.

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