AUSTIN – The University of Texas System Board of Regents adopted new recommendations on best practices in admissions requirements at a Thursday meeting of the board.
The recommendations are the result of a report commissioned by Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., after an inquiry into the admissions process at UT Austin earlier this year.
The inquiry did not uncover any evidence of a systematic or structured process of reviewing and admitting applicants recommended by influential individuals, nor did the limited inquiry reveal any evidence of a quid pro quo for admissions decisions or other wrongdoing. However, the data and information reviewed demonstrate sufficient reason for concern that certain current admissions practices will be reviewed and revised.
The report emphasized the importance of transparency and fairness in admissions processes, and that the UT System and each institution must ensure the integrity of the admissions process through implementation of the best practices outlined in this report.
The report includes the following recommendations:
“Ideally, a firewall should be established around the admissions process that would prevent anyone, even those within university administration, from unduly influencing admissions decisions,” Cigarroa said.