University of Texas studies admissions after critical report


AUSTIN (AP/KXAN) – University of Texas Chancellor Bill McRaven has created a committee to study admissions practices in the wake of an investigation that found unqualified students have been admitted based on their connections.

The announcement Monday comes just days after an external investigation found that the flagship university’s president, Bill Powers, used his authority to admit applicants with friends in high places – and then misled lawyers looking into the matter. It also found that members of the board of regents exerted influence over admissions.

The committee will review policy recommendations from the investigation and an earlier internal inquiry at UT-Austin. Recommendations are expected within 60 days.

“My goal is to ensure full and open transparency to the public with respect to how admissions decisions are made at UT Austin.” McRaven said. “I realize that admissions practices are complicated and nuanced processes, but we must clearly define a policy that determines the degree of appropriate discretion at the institution level, while ensuring a fair and transparent process for applicants.”

The committee is comprised of several former University of Texas system chancellors and past presidents of UT-Austin, including:

  • Former UT Austin President Larry Faulkner
  • Former UT Austin President Peter Flawn
  • Former UT Austin President and former UT System Chancellor William Cunningham
  • Former UT System Chancellor Mark Yudof (Also former provost at UT Austin, former president of The University of Minnesota and former president of The University of California System)
  • Former UT System Chancellor Dan Burck
  • UT System Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Pedro Reyes, ex officio

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