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Taming the River: Negotiating the Academic, Financial, and Social Currents in Selective Colleges and Universities


reviewed by Stanley Katz August 10, 2009

coverTitle: Taming the River: Negotiating the Academic, Financial, and Social Currents in Selective Colleges and Universities
Author(s): Camille Z. Charles, Mary J. Fischer, Margarita A. Mooney, and Douglas S. Massey
Publisher: Princeton University Press, Princeton
ISBN: 0691139644, Pages: 320, Year: 2009
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Taming the River, by Camille Z. Charles, Mary J. Fischer, Margarita A. Mooney, and Douglas S. Massey, is fascinating and important for anyone who cares about managing diversity in higher education. It is an entirely data driven book, and this is both its strength and weakness. It is a strength because the authors have good evidence on which to base their highly sophisticated social science analysis. It is a weakness since the data relate to a fairly small sample of highly selective colleges and universities, thus limiting the degree to which we can generalize across higher education on the basis of its findings. The dataset began with Bill Bowen and Derek Bok’s “College and Beyond Survey” of 1979 and 1989 cohorts of freshmen, long after the students in the sample had graduated, at a small number of selective institutions. But these data have now been enhanced by a new survey,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 10, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15747, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 12:57:46 AM

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  • Stanley Katz
    Princeton University
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    STANLEY KATZ is a lecturer with rank of Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He is a scholar of legal and constitutional history who frequently comments on higher education policy, and is a brainstorm blogger on higher ed policy for the Chronicle of Higher Education.
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