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The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions
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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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.
Jul 24, 2011 Jaime Contreras 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.
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 ...moreMore about William G. Bowen...