The Shape of the River: Long-term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions

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Princeton University Press, 1998 - Education - 472 pages
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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."

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User Review  - Mohamed Sall - Goodreads

Used this for my senior exit project. Interesting insight about Affirmative Action. I am curious to see what the verdict on the use of affirmative action in college admissions will be. Read full review

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Amazing--a must read! Read full review

About the author (1998)

William G. Bowen is president emeritus of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Princeton University and founding chairman of ITHAKA. He is the author or coauthor of many books, including the acclaimed best seller "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 President" (all Princeton).

Derek C. Bok is President Emeritus and Three Hundredth Anniversary University Professor, Harvard University.

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