“The legacy program at A&M counters the worthy goal of closing the gaps in Texas
institutions,” said [Texas Rep. Michael] Villarreal, a 1992 A&M graduate.
referring to the state’s “Closing the Gaps” initiative to bring about greater parity in college
attendance and graduation rates….
Instead of concentrating on an affirmative action
admissions policy, Gates has embarked on efforts to award more scholarships to needy, first-generation
college students and to intensify outreach efforts in urban areas. Last summer, the school opened a
center in HemisFair Plaza to facilitate applications for admissions, housing and financial
But Villarreal said he would give the university an “F” thus far in addressing
“They may be great efforts, but they are going to be judged on how
their minority numbers improve,” he said. “What really matters is who attends and who eventually
walks across the stage.” [Matt Flores, mysanantonio.com 1/8/2004]. Villarreal, D-San Antonio, noted
the inconsistency of A&M passing up an opportunity to increase minority enrollment because that would
“amount to special treatment of a specific set of the student population, then in the next breath
continuing a program that does exactly that for a segment of the student population already
disproportionately represented.” [Todd Ackerman & Clay Robison chron.com