The effect of the Hopwood decision on minority interest in attending Texas A&M University
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It is proposed here that the anti-affirmative action policies which were put in place at Texas' public colleges and universities as a result of the Hopwood decision will have a negative impact on minority interest in attending Texas A&M University. The present study utilized data collected from a nonrandom sample of high school seniors who were visiting the Texas A&M campus in the Fall of 1996. As expected, the data suggest that structural variables, such as the availability of student loans, and social psychological factors, such as family connections to Texas A&M are significantly correlated to minority students' interest in attending the university. This paper contains a brief history of affirmative action programs at Texas' state-funded colleges and universities, as well as a general overview of the Hopwood case. Suggestions for future study are offered, and the implications of the state's anti-affirmative action policies are discussed.
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Includes bibliographical references (leaves 21-22).
McDonald, Belinda L (1999). The effect of the Hopwood decision on minority interest in attending Texas A&M University. Texas A&M University. Available electronically from