Personally, I think "automatic acceptance" for any college lowers the overall quality; since GPA and course works highly differs between schools, ESPECIALLY in Texas where there are many horrible school districts as well as highly respected schools.
Anyways, with the 10% lowering to 8%, do you think this trend will continue and eventually be dropped all together? I think that will definitely bring UT to a different level. Does UC schools have automatic acceptance?
I go to UT and honestly, I have met so many stupid people that bomb their classes and are not educated. I could have gone to a lot of other schools but chose UT, while I feel I would be in a more overall "intelligent" environment at another top tier school that does not have automatic acceptance. I know UT is a good school, but COME ON!!! There are a lot of smart people but a lot of dumb people as well.
I'm not saying automatic acceptance should not be practiced at every school, but with a school like UT, I do not think it's necessary.