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The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions

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Bowen offers an unprecedented analysis of the academic, employment, and personal histories of more than 60,000 white and African-American students who attended academically selective universities between the 1970s and the early 1990s, to ascertain the long-term consequences of considering race in college and university admissions.
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published September 24th 1998 by Princeton University Press (first published 1998)
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Dayna
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book summarizes an important study in affirmative action in college admissions. Everyone working in higher ed should read this book. Here is the double-edged sword, though: the data that makes it so convincing makes it really hard to get through. The numbers and diagrams are too much to digest. Read this one in small doses, and keep it on hand for reference.
Jaime Contreras
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an in-depth book about race-driven admissions and their impact on the university. Much time is given on ideology and application. The concepts of 'color-blind' and 'racial justice' are defined and discussed at length. One does appreciate the desire to level the playing field of admissions but there is a cautionary message within the book. This book opened many eyes when first published.
Jennifer
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing--a must read!
Mohamed Sall
Used this for my senior exit project. Interesting insight about Affirmative Action. I am curious to see what the verdict on the use of affirmative action in college admissions will be.
Christina
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting read. Very data intense - it took me a long time to get through it. I actually set it down for several months and then picked it up again.
Marco
Aug 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
The first book that really changed my mind on a lot of issues and fueled my passion for diversity.
Stacey
Jun 12, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a decent introduction to some new evidence for "why affirmative action works." But the focus is mostly on private insitutions -- maybe only a couple public, as I can recall.
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President emeritus of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Princeton University. He is the author or coauthor of many books, including the acclaimed bestseller The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions, Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America's Public Universities, and Lessons Learned: Reflections of a University Presiden ...more
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