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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691050198

ISBN-13: 9780691050195

Pub. Date: 01/04/2000

Publisher: Princeton University Press

This is the book that has forever changed the debate on affirmative action in America. The Shape of the River is the most far-reaching and comprehensive study of its kind. It brings a wealth of empirical evidence to bear on how race-sensitive admissions policies actually work and clearly defines the effects they have had on over 45,000 students of different

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This is the book that has forever changed the debate on affirmative action in America. The Shape of the River is the most far-reaching and comprehensive study of its kind. It brings a wealth of empirical evidence to bear on how race-sensitive admissions policies actually work and clearly defines the effects they have had on over 45,000 students of different races. Its conclusions mark a turning point in national discussions of affirmative action—anything less than factual evidence will no longer suffice in any serious debate of this vital question.

Glenn Loury's new foreword revisits the basic logic behind race-sensitive policies, asserting that since individuals use race to conceptualize themselves, we must be conscious of race as we try to create rules for a just society. Loury underscores the need for confronting opinion with fact so we can better see the distinction between the "morality of color-blindness" and the "morality of racial justice."

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:
1,245,900
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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