A&M works to increase diversity without affirmative action

Published: Jun. 20, 2016 at 5:56 PM CDT
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As the Supreme Court is set to make a decision on the legality of affirmative action in college admissions, Texas A&M University officials say they're unconcerned--they don't use affirmative action anyway.

But that doesn't mean Aggieland administrators aren't working hard to increase diversity on A&M's campus, and the less conventional, more hands-on methods seem to be working.

In twelve years, Texas A&M has more than doubled its black and Hispanic enrollment--without affirmative action. In 2003, those demographics made up 10.8 percent of the student. By 2015, that number reached 23.1 percent.

Compare that to the University of Texas-Austin, the subject of the current Supreme Court case for using affirmative action. Similar increases and now a very similar percentage of black and Hispanic students: in 2003, 16.1 percent of the student body was black or Hispanic, and in 2015 that number reached 23.4 percent.

The Texas Tribune's Neena Satija joined News 3 at Five for more. See video above for the full interview, and check out Satija's full report in the Related Links section of this aticle.