A series on the fight over the Top 10 Percent Rule and the quest to make Texas’ top universities look more like Texas

Grayson Rutherford and Genesis Morales both had big college dreams. The Top 10 Percent Rule affected them very differently. | Cooper Neill


Nearly Neighbors, Worlds Apart

The U.S. Supreme Court is about to make a decision that could affect college admissions across the country. And Texas’ Top 10 Percent Rule plays a starring role. On this episode of Reveal, we explain how an attempt to boost diversity in Texas colleges could, paradoxically, end affirmative action. We also take a long look at the Top 10 Percent Rule and whether it gets students from diverse backgrounds to attend the state's top public universities.

We’ll hear from two high-achieving young Texans: Genesis Morales and Grayson Rutherford. They’re college-bound students who attend high schools only 10 miles from one another but whose experiences are worlds apart.

This story is a collaboration between The Texas Tribune and Reveal, a public radio show and podcast from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX.

Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.

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