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Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education

Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education( )
Author: Bowen, William G.
Tobin, Eugene M.
Kurzweil, Martin A.
Pichler, Susanne C.
Contribution by: Hall, Martin
Ryan, Alan
Series title:Thomas Jefferson Foundation Distinguished Lecture Ser.
ISBN:978-0-8139-2557-8
Publication Date:Apr 2006
Publisher:University of Virginia Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $25.00
Book Description:

Thomas Jefferson once stated that the foremost goal of American education must be to nurture the "natural aristocracy of talent and virtue." Although in many ways American higher education has fulfilled Jefferson's vision by achieving a widespread level of excellence, it has not achieved the objective of equity implicit in Jefferson's statement. In Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education, William G. Bowen, Martin A. Kurzweil, and Eugene M. Tobin explore the cause...
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Book Details
Pages:480
Detailed Subjects: Education / Higher
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.13 x 9.25 x 1.23 Inches
Book Weight:0.77 Pounds
Author Biography
Bowen, William G. (Author)
William G. Bowen was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 6, 1933. He received a bachelor's degree in economics in 1955 from Denison University and a doctorate from Princeton University. The university hired him as an assistant professor and promoted him to full professor in 1965. He was the director of graduate studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton from 1964 to 1966. He was the president of the university from 1972 to 1988. While president, he pressed elite colleges to give preference to poor and minority applicants and oversaw the first admission of women to Princeton University.

He wrote or co-wrote about two dozen books during his lifetime including The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions, Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education, and The Game of Life: College Sports and Educational Values. His memoir, Lessons Learned: Reflections of a University President, was published in 2011. In 2012, he received the National Humanities Medal for putting "theories into practice" in economics and higher education. He died from colon cancer on October 20, 2016 at the age of 83.

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