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      UTPA students voice opinions on affirmative action case

      Texas has a 10 percent rule, it guarantees Texas students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their class, admission to all state-funded universities.

      It TMs a type of affirmative action.

      Affirmative action seeks to create a more diverse student body, the idea being that a more diverse student body is a more accurate representation of the world, University of Texas-Pan American political science professor James Gleason said.

      On Monday, the Supreme Court sent an affirmative action back to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for review.

      The case involved a white student names Abigail Fisher who was denied admission to the University of Texas back in 2008.

      The lower courts have to make a factual determination of whether or not the use of race is narrowly tailored to achieve diversity, Gleason said.

      The lower court must decide if the UT admissions process uses race as a qualification because diversity is a compelling interest.

      At UTPA, students have mixed feelings about the use of affirmative action.

      I agree with affirmative action because of diversity, said student Victor Campos. Colleges should be open minded to have all kinds of races and people in their schools.

      I don TMt think that a student should be told whether or not they can be accepted to a university based on just race or ethnicity, said student Amanda Garcia. I think other factors should come into play.

      About half a dozen states have banned the use of race as a determining factor for university admissions.

      Gleason said flagship schools like UT get large amounts of student applicants affirmative action is one way to select their student body.

      At some point the university has to decide between this person who is capable and that TMs really what entrance criteria is about where do we draw the line? Gleason said. It TMs very difficult task.