How 'bout them Aggies?
Following the public announcement of the policy, a group of minority legislators requested a meeting with A&M President Robert Gates, who apologized for not consulting first with the officials, but defended the policy. Gates told reporters that the school will "intensify significantly" its minority recruitment efforts, but will avoid affirmative action because, "Every student who is at A&M must know ... that he or she and all students here have been admitted on personal merit."
Minority legislators emerged from the meeting saying they were unconvinced by Gates' reassurances about recruitment, and that they would hold the school accountable. Dallas Sen. Royce West said that barring real progress on the issue, the school might soon find its legislative interests -- in appropriations or appointments -- running into problems. And Laredo Sen. Judith Zaffirini said that the legislators and Gates had agreed that there will be "specific performance measure criteria" to evaluate the school's progress, and that the legislators will not be satisfied with promises. "'Trust me' just won't cut it," Zaffirini told the Houston Chronicle, "even from someone as nice and well-intentioned as President Gates."