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Main Title The shape of the river : long-term consequences of considering race in college and university admissions /
Author Bowen, William G.,
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Bok, Derek Curtis.
Publisher Princeton University Press,
Year Published 1998
OCLC Number 38930646
ISBN 0691002746; 9780691002743; 0691050198; 9780691050195
Subjects 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 ; Universities and colleges--Admission ; Hoger onderwijs ; Negers ; Toelating ; Positieve actie ; Longitudinaal onderzoek ; AFRO-DESCENDENTES--ESTADOS UNIDOS ; UNIVERSIDADE--ESTADOS UNIDOS ; ENSINO SUPERIOR--ESTADOS UNIDOS ; School Admission Criteria--United States ; Blacks--education--United States ; Universities--United States ; Social Justice--United States ; African Americans--education--United States
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EJAM BEPAC LB2351.2.B696 1998 BEPAC Region 3 Library/Philadelphia, PA 09/13/2013
Collation xxxvi, 472 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 451-459) and index.
Contents Notes
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. 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.