How Percentage Plans Keep Minority Students Out of College

In the wake of legal attacks on affirmative action, state policymakers and others are heralding "percentage plans" as a way to achieve diversity in higher education. Such plans guarantee that a specific percentage of seniors at every high school, those students who graduate at the top of their class, can attend state universities.

Percentage plans appear to be succeeding as a public-relations strategy. They may increasingly gain broad appeal, as their