The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions / Edition 1

The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions / Edition 1

by William G. Bowen, Derek Bok
     
 

"Written by two of the most respected figures in higher education, The Shape of the River offers to the public what has long been needed: a large dose of crucial, unvarnished fact about affirmative action. Mining new and sensitive information, Bowen and Bok present an analysis that is careful, clear, comprehensive, and, above all, candid. No work tells

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"Written by two of the most respected figures in higher education, The Shape of the River offers to the public what has long been needed: a large dose of crucial, unvarnished fact about affirmative action. Mining new and sensitive information, Bowen and Bok present an analysis that is careful, clear, comprehensive, and, above all, candid. No work tells us nearly as much as this one about the social costs and benefits of affirmative action in our colleges and universities. A brilliant scholarly performance, The Shape of the River should be essential reading for anyone seeking a dependable guide through the morass of competing claims that obscure from public attention the questions that need to be posed and the answers that need to be assessed."—Randall Kennedy, Harvard Law School

"This important book is a calm, expert, analytical study of race-sensitive college admissions, and what happens afterwards. There is nothing else in the same league. It tells us many things we didn't know, because until now there was no way to know them. The deepest question is: can we make social policy in this area on the basis of fact and reason, or will it all dissolve in ideological certainty?"—Robert M. Solow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Nobel Laureate in Economics

"Instead of relying on preconceived notions and conventional wisdom about race in college and university admissions, Bill Bowen and Derek Bok use facts to examine the record. The result is an invaluable resource for those interested in American higher education and more generally, race in America. It shows that merit and diverse student bodies can be complementary goals and that individuals who have benefited from the policy have gone on to excel as contributing members to the life of our country."—Senator Bill Bradley

"With its persuasive evidence about the positive effects of higher education on the social, civic, and economic lives of African Americans, The Shape of the River is a real eye-opener. William Bowen and Derek Bok have brought erudition and hands-on experience to the debate over race-sensitive admissions. For all readers struggling to reconcile principles of fairness with the needs of the society, this book offers even-handed appraisals and a wealth of new and compelling facts."—Anne Armstrong, Former Ambassador to Great Britain and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Strategic and International Studies

"This is a fascinating 'must read' book. The authors use a newly constructed database to elucidate the role that highly selective undergraduate colleges play in shaping individual life courses of black Americans and in contributing to the texture and robustness of our society. The issue of race-sensitive admissions is elegantly framed while the reader comes to appreciate the subtleties of the college educational experience . . . an exciting read!"—John Reed, Chairman and CEO, Citicorp

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691050195
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/04/2000
Edition description:
With a New introduction by the authors
Pages:
536
Sales rank:
359,542
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.23(h) x 1.36(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Ch. 1Historical Context1
Ch. 2The Admissions Process and "Race-Neutrality"15
Ch. 3Academic Outcomes53
Ch. 4Advanced Study: Graduate and Professional Degrees91
Ch. 5Employment, Earnings, and Job Satisfaction118
Ch. 6Civic Participation and Satisfaction with Life155
Ch. 7Looking Back: Views of College193
Ch. 8Diversity: Perceptions and Realities218
Ch. 9Informing the Debate256
Ch. 10Summing Up275
App. AThe College and Beyond Database291
App. B. Notes on Methodology336
App. CEarnings in Relation to Advanced Degrees, Sector of Employment, and Occupation362
App. D. Additional Tables375
References451
Index461

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