Texas Tech Says School Does Not Rely on Affirmative Action for Diversity

Published 04/24 2014 04:58PM

Updated 04/24 2014 04:59PM

Texas Tech - image from ttu.edu
Texas Tech - image from ttu.edu
By Joshua Cole Little

LUBBOCK, TX---  In the last year, two Supreme Court cases are shaping the way higher education is looking at Affirmative Action. Texas Tech is trying to stay one step ahead of admitting and diversifying their students. 

Ethan Logan, Texas Tech Admissions Director for Undergraduate Education, says the way Affirmative Action is used, is changing. 

In 2013, the Supreme Court looked at a school's control for holding spots for diversity. "Texas is in consideration for that. Primarily out of the Fisher case out of UT from last year," said Logan. 

Now in separate case, the courts ruled that states can let people vote if affirmative action can remain. 
"Its parallel in its application so its not necessarily looking at race based admissions. Its looking at state based legislative decision making," he said. 

But how does this affect Texas Tech? 

"We're really not in a situation where we are negatively impacted by either of these decisions," said Logan. "There's a very strong adherance to equity of access. That we can maintain the way we admit students."

Logan says Texas Tech University does not have a diversity quota. Rather, the university looks to give everyone an equal chance of attending. 

"If a student shows up that meets any of those criteria for admission that are objective guarenteed admission categories they're admitted to the institution. Regardless of their background," said Logan. 

By focusing on what the student does rather than who they are, Logan says Tech is able encourage and reach more students from all backgrounds to become inlolved in the school. 

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