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

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Princeton University Press, 2000 - 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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William G. Bowen is president emeritus of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Princeton University. His many books include the acclaimed bestseller "The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions" and "Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America's Public Universities" (both Princeton).

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

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