Bowen honored for groundbreaking book
William Bowen, president of Princeton from 1972 to 1988,
has been selected to receive the 2001 University of
Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education.
Bowen, now president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,
will receive the award with Derek Bok, former president of
Harvard University, for their book on the use of
race-sensitive admissions policies.
In "The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences on
Considering Race in College and University Admissions"
(Princeton University Press, 1998), Bowen and Bok studied
the academic, employment and life histories of more than
90,000 students who attended 28 academically selective
colleges and universities throughout the country. They then
systematically addressed many of the issues raised by
critics of race-sensitive policies, looking at each
supposition and analyzing the data to determine its
Bowen and Bok tackled issues such as drop-out rates and
demoralization of minority students attending institutions
under selective admissions guidelines, the effect selective
admissions has on diversity and racial tension, and
alternatives to race-sensitive admissions.
"Bowen and Bok have made an unparalleled contribution to
informing the debate regarding race-sensitive admissions
policies," said the Grawemeyer selection committee. "In an
area in which discussions often get bogged down in a wind
tunnel of rhetoric, this work represents a guiding
The two will share the $200,000 award, one of the largest
in the field of education. Bowen is donating his share to
Morehouse College in honor of Henry Drewry, former director
of Princeton's Teacher Preparation Program and former senior
adviser at the Mellon Foundation who started the Mellon
Minority Undergraduate Fellowship Program.
The awards in music composition, education, ideas
improving world order, religion and psychology were
established by the late Charles Grawemeyer, a philanthropist
and Louisville alumnus, to recognize powerful ideas or
creative works in the arts and sciences.
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