Are UT applicants excluded because of color or money?

The movie “Black Panther” is generating enormous attention and record-breaking ticket sales. But while African-American advancement experiences a breakthrough in film, it still lags acutely in higher education.  

Last month, university administrators decided which high school graduates will become college students. On March 1, roughly 51,000 high school students found out whether they’ve been admitted to UT-Austin. Last year, 64 percent of all applicants were denied admission: 32,413 students.

As a professor at UT-Austin, I’m struck every semester by a glaring deficit in my classrooms. 

The courses I design should be valuable to many students. This semester I’m teaching courses titled “Biology, Behavior and Injustice” and “History of Money and Corruption.” The combined…

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