Thomas J. Espenshade



National Study of College Experience (NSCE)

The NSCE is a collaborative study involving 10 academically selective colleges and universities for the purpose of examining the racial and social class dimensions of college admission and campus life. Institutional data on all applicants for admission in the fall of 1983, 1993, and 1997 were supplemented with survey information on more than 9,000 students. Several papers from this project have appeared, and the authors have prepared a monograph on the subject. The NSCE is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


August 2010 - "Two Views: Professor and Student Share What a Freshman Seminar Meant to Them"

January 14, 2010 - "Perspective on: Affirmative action and the racial achievement gap"

March 8, 2010 - "Princeton's Thomas Espenshade takes on... "

June 6, 2005 - "Ending Affirmative Action Would Devastate Most Minority College

January 13, 2010 - "A professor's view of race and class on college campuses"

June 9, 2004 - "Tipping the Admission Scale"

Daily Princetonian
January 11, 2010 - "Study: Admission policies add to... "


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