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Author Bowen, William G., author.

Title The shape of the river : long-term consequences of considering race in college and university admissions / William G. Bowen and Derek Bok ; in collaboration with James L. Shulman [and others].

Publication Info. Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1998]


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 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  378.161 B786S    Check Shelf
Description xxxvi, 472 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 451-459) and index.
Contents Historical context -- The admissions process and "race-neutrality" -- Academic outcomes -- Advanced study : graduate and professional degrees -- Employment, earnings, and job satisfaction -- Civic participation and satisfaction with life -- Looking back : views of college -- Diversity : perceptions and realities -- Informing the debate -- Summing up -- Appendix A. The college and beyond database -- Appendix B. Notes on methodology -- Appendix C. Earnings in relation to advanced degrees, sector of employment, and occupation -- Appendix D. Additional tables.
Summary Across the country, in courts, classrooms, and the media, Americans are deeply divided over the use of race in admitting students to universities. Yet until now the debate over race and admissions has consisted mainly of clashing opinions, uninformed by hard evidence. This work, written by two of the country's most respected academic leaders, intends to change that. It brings a wealth of empirical evidence to bear on how race-sensitive admissions policies actually work and what effects they have on students of different races.
William G. Bowen, argue that we can pass an informed judgment on the wisdom of race-sensitive admissions only if we understand in detail the college careers and the subsequent lives of students - or, to use a metaphor they take from Mark Twain, if we learn the shape of the entire river. The heart of the book is thus an unprecedented study of the academic, employment, and personal histories of more than 45,000 students of all races who attended academically selective universities between the 1970s and the early 1990s.
Subject Universities and colleges -- United States -- Admission -- Case studies.
Affirmative action programs in education -- United States -- Case studies.
African Americans -- Education (Higher) -- Case studies.
African American college graduates -- Case studies.
School Admission Criteria. (DNLM)D012570
African Americans -- education. (DNLM)D001741Q000193
Universities. (DNLM)D014495
Social Justice. (DNLM)D012935
United States. (DNLM)D014481
Affirmative action programs in education. (OCoLC)fst01201993
African American college graduates. (OCoLC)fst00799100
African Americans -- Education (Higher) (OCoLC)fst00799607
Universities and colleges -- Admission. (OCoLC)fst01161621
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Hoger onderwijs.
Positieve actie.
Longitudinaal onderzoek.
Genre/Form Case studies. (OCoLC)fst01423765
Case studies.
Added Author Bok, Derek Curtis, author.
ISBN 0691002746 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780691002743 (cloth ; alk. paper)
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