The Source of the River: The Social Origins of Freshmen at America's Selective Colleges and Universities
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The Source of the River: The Social Origins of Freshmen at America's Selective Colleges and Universities

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African Americans and Latinos earn lower grades and drop out of college more often than whites or Asians. Yet thirty years after deliberate minority recruitment efforts began, we still don't know why. In "The Shape of the River," William Bowen and Derek Bok documented the benefits of affirmative action for minority students, their communities, and the nation at large. But...more
Paperback, 283 pages
Published April 16th 2006 by Princeton University Press (first published 2002)
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This was the bane of my Intro to Sociology final paper.

Part of me wanted to burn it after notifying the authors and researchers that their subject matter has been studied time and time again, the only difference being that they are adding to the plethora of data with more recent information.
This was useful in terms of the extensive data collection and the types of questions asked in order to figure out the environmental, social and family factors that impact the performance of college students from different racial and socio-economic backgrounds. The trick is then being able to leverage this information via on-campus programs which can address transition issues for these students as they enter their first-year in college.
Holly Herrera
Though helpful in understanding where students are coming from - unfortunate that it was restricted to only selective colleges.
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