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Bowen, William G.

Works: 97 works in 497 publications in 5 languages and 21,438 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Conference papers and proceedings  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor
Classifications: GV351, 378.1610973
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by William G Bowen
The shape of the river : long-term consequences of considering race in college and university admissions by William G Bowen( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 1,661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Across the country, in courts, classrooms, and the media, Americans are deeply divided over the use of race in admitting students to universities. Yet until now the debate over race and admissions has consisted mainly of clashing opinions, uninformed by hard evidence. This work, written by two of the country's most respected academic leaders, intends to change that. It brings a wealth of empirical evidence to bear on how race-sensitive admissions policies actually work and what effects they have on students of different races. William G. Bowen, argue that we can pass an informed judgment on the wisdom of race-sensitive admissions only if we understand in detail the college careers and the subsequent lives of students - or, to use a metaphor they take from Mark Twain, if we learn the shape of the entire river. The heart of the book is thus an unprecedented study of the academic, employment, and personal histories of more than 45,000 students of all races who attended academically selective universities between the 1970s and the early 1990s
The game of life : college sports and educational values by James Lawrence Shulman( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Shulman and Bowen celebrate the benefits of collegiate sports, while identifying the subtle ways in which athletic intensification can pull even prestigious institutions from their missions. By examining how athletes and other graduates view the game of life - and how colleges play a role in shaping society's view of what its rules should be - Shulman and Bowen go far beyond sports. They tell us about higher education today: the ways in which colleges set policies, reinforce or neglect their core mission, and send signals about what matters."--Jacket
Performing arts, the economic dilemma : a study of problems common to theater, opera, music, and dance by William J Baumol( Book )

63 editions published between 1966 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 1,324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An extensive analysis of the major economic attributes of the performing arts - audience composition, costs, income, organizational structure and remuneration of performers. The text demonstrates why the cost per performance and per attendance has always risen faster than the rate of inflation
Labor and the national economy by William G Bowen( Book )

19 editions published between 1965 and 1975 in English and held by 969 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reclaiming the game : college sports and educational values by William G Bowen( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 943 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Reclaiming the Game, William Bowen and Sarah Levin disentangle the admissions and academic experiences of recruited athletes, walk-on athletes, and other students. In a field overwhelmed by reliance on anecdotes, the factual findings are striking - and sobering. Anyone seriously concerned about higher education will find it hard to wish away the evidence that athletic recruitment is problematic even at those schools that do not offer athletic scholarships."--Jacket
Crossing the finish line : completing college at America's public universities by William G Bowen( Book )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 925 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Long revered for their dedication to equal opportunity and affordability, public universities play a crucial role in building our country's human capital. And yet-a sobering fact-less than 60 percent of the students entering four-year colleges in America today are graduating. Why is this happening and what can be done? Crossing the Finish Line, the most important book on higher education to appear since The Shape of the River, provides the most detailed exploration ever of the crisis of college completion at America's public universities. This groundbreaking book sheds light on such serious issues as dropout rates linked to race, gender, and socioeconomic status. Probing graduation rates at twenty-one flagship public universities and four statewide systems of public higher education, the authors focus on the progress of students in the entering class of 1999-from entry to graduation, transfer, or withdrawal. They examine the effects of parental education, family income, race and gender, high school grades, test scores, financial aid, and characteristics of universities attended (especially their selectivity). The conclusions are compelling: minority students and students from poor families have markedly lower graduation rates-and take longer to earn degrees-even when other variables are taken into account. Noting the strong performance of transfer students and the effects of financial constraints on student retention, the authors call for improved transfer and financial aid policies, and suggest ways of improving the sorting processes that match students to institutions. An outstanding combination of evidence and analysis, Crossing the Finish Line should be read by everyone who cares about the nation's higher education system"--
Equity and excellence in American higher education by William G Bowen( Book )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 863 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Beginning with a time line tracing efforts to achieve equity and excellence in higher education from the American Revolution to the early Cold War years, this narrative reveals the halting, episodic progress in broadening access across the dividing lines of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status."--Jacket
Higher education in the digital age by William G Bowen( Book )

23 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and Chinese and held by 826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Two of the most visible and important trends in higher education today are its exploding costs and the rapid expansion of online learning. Could the growth in online courses slow the rising cost of college and help solve the crisis of affordability? In this short and incisive book, William G. Bowen, one of the foremost experts on the intersection of education and economics, explains why, despite his earlier skepticism, he now believes technology has the potential to help rein in costs without negatively affecting student learning."--Jacket
The economics of labor force participation by William G Bowen( Book )

19 editions published between 1969 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wage-price issue; a theoretical analysis by William G Bowen( Book )

30 editions published between 1958 and 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In pursuit of the PhD by William G Bowen( Book )

14 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and Indic and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What percentage of graduate students entering PhD programs in the arts and sciences at leading universities actually complete their studies? How do completion rates vary by field of study, scale of graduate program, and type of financial support provided to students? Has the increasing reliance on Teaching Assistantships affected completion rates and time-to-degree? How successful have national fellowship programs been in encouraging students to finish their studies in reasonably short periods of time? What have been the effects of curricular developments and shifts in the state of the job market? How has the overall "system" of graduate education been affected by the expansion of the 1960s and the subsequent contraction in enrollments and degrees conferred? Is there "excess capacity" in the system at the present time?" "This major study seeks to answer fundamental questions of this kind. It is based on an exhaustive analysis of an unparalleled data set consisting of the experiences in graduate school of more than 35,000 students who entered programs in English, history, political science, economics, mathematics, and physics at ten leading universities between 1962 and 1986. In addition, new information has been obtained on the graduate student careers of more than 13,000 winners of prestigious national fellowships such as the Woodrow Wilson and the Danforth. It is the combination of these original data sets with other sources of national data that permits fresh insights into the processes and outcomes of graduate education." "The authors conclude that opportunities to achieve significant improvements in the organization and functioning of graduate programs exist--especially in the humanities and related social sciences--and the final part of the book contains their policy recommendations. This will be the standard reference on graduate education for years to come, and it should be read and studied by everyone concerned with the future of graduate education in the United States."--Jacket
Prospects for faculty in the arts and sciences : a study of factors affecting demand and supply, 1987 to 2012 by William G Bowen( Book )

11 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The board book : an insider's guide for directors and trustees by William G Bowen( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In an accessible and conversational style, Bowen offers recommendations on the ideal relationship between the CEO or president and the board, including the issues associated with the separate chairman and lead director models, as well as the size of pay packages and perks. He also covers the delicate topics of CEO evaluation; succession planning and the proper use of search firms, while offering practical advice on how to "build" and maintain boards; the use of committees; and the handling of conflicts and "leaks.""--Jacket
Universities and their leadership by William G Bowen( Book )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in English and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Princeton Symposium on the American System of Social Insurance: Its Philosophy, Impact, and Future Development; [papers and discussions] by William G Bowen( Book )

19 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inside the boardroom : governance by directors and trustees by William G Bowen( Book )

6 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From tales of scandal and gross indifference at nonprofits such as United Way and Empire Blue Cross, to accounts of executive purges within Fortune 500 companies, boards of directors have figured prominently in many sensational news stories over the past few years. In the popular imagination, outside directors are, at last, asserting themselves - or being goaded into action by ever more aggressive institutional shareholders - and seizing the reins of control from once all-powerful CEOs. While this perception may be overly dramatic and inaccurate, the subject of governance - who exercises power, on behalf of whom, and how the exercise of power is controlled - is receiving unprecedented attention. Many believe that we are entering a period of profound change during which boards will assume more authority and be held more accountable than they have been in the past." "In this timely book, William Bowen explores the role of the board of directors in today's for-profit and nonprofit corporations and offers his, at times, controversial recommendations on how boards can better serve the interests of organizations and their stakeholders." "And few writers are as qualified to do so. Over the past three decades, William Bowen has served on the boards of six prestigious nonprofit institutions, including Princeton University and the Smithsonian Institution, and an equal number of high-profile business organizations, including American Express, Merck, and NCR. As a consequence, he possesses an intimate working knowledge of both for-profit and nonprofit boards and speaks with authority on what important lessons each can learn from the other." "Combining eloquent prose with hard-hitting analysis supported by evidence from particular cases and new observations by well-known, knowledgeable CEOs and board members, Bowen provides detailed answers to a number of crucial questions such as: Do boards really matter? To what extent do external checks and constraints preordain outcomes? Is it wise to allow CEOs to serve as board chairmen? In what ways is a board's ability to act effectively influenced by the type of information reported to it and by the reporting mechanisms themselves? Is there an optimal board size and an optimum balance between inside and outside members? How can genuine independence of outside directors be achieved?" "Offering a unique insider's perspective on how boards of directors work and how they can be made to work better, Inside the Boardroom is an indispensable resource for board members of both for-profit and nonprofit organizations, as well as presidents, CEOs, general counsel, and senior managers in charge of strategic planning. It also offers new insights for policy-makers and general readers interested in the governance of organizations vital to our well-being."--Jacket
Lessons learned : reflections of a university president by William G Bowen( Book )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William G. Bowen reflects on the responsibilities and challenges of being a university president, describing his experiences as a former president at Princeton University, and discussing the lessons he learned while working with trustees, faculty, and campus groups
Wages behavior in the postwar period: an empirical analysis by Princeton University( Book )

20 editions published between 1960 and 1973 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Locus of authority : the evolution of faculty roles in the governance of higher education by William G Bowen( Book )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Locus of Authority argues that every issue facing today's colleges and universities, from stagnant degree completion rates to worrisome cost increases, is exacerbated by a century-old system of governance that desperately requires change. While prior studies have focused on boards of trustees and presidents, few have looked at the place of faculty within the governance system. Specifically addressing faculty roles in this structure, William G. Bowen and Eugene M. Tobin ask: do higher education institutions have what it takes to reform effectively from within? Bowen and Tobin use case studies of four very different institutions...the University of California, Princeton University, Macalester College, and the City University of New demonstrate that college and university governance has capably adjusted to the necessities of the moment and that governance norms and policies should be assessed in the context of historical events. The authors examine how faculty roles have evolved since colonial days to drive change but also to stand in the way of it. Bowen and Tobin make the case that successful reform depends on the artful consideration of technological, financial, and cultural developments, such as the explosion in online learning. Stressing that they do not want to diminish faculty roles but to facilitate their most useful contributions, Bowen and Tobin explore whether departments remain the best ways through which to organize decision making and if the concepts of academic freedom and shared governance need to be sharpened and redefined. Locus of Authority shows that the consequences of not addressing college and university governance are more than the nation can afford"
Lesson Plan : an agenda for change in American higher education by William G Bowen( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American higher education faces some serious problems--but they are not the ones most people think. In this brief and accessible book, two leading experts show that many so-called crises--from the idea that typical students are drowning in debt to the belief that tuition increases are being driven by administrative bloat--are exaggerated or simply false. At the same time, many real problems--from the high dropout rate to inefficient faculty staffing--have received far too little attention. In response, William G. Bowen and Michael S. McPherson provide a frank assessment of the biggest challenges confronting higher education and propose a bold agenda for reengineering essential elements of the system to meet them. The result promises to help shape the debate about higher education for years to come. Lesson Plan shows that, for all of its accomplishments, higher education today is falling short when it comes to vital national needs. Too many undergraduates are dropping out or taking too long to graduate; minorities and the poor fare worse than their peers, reinforcing inequality; and college is unaffordable for too many. But these problems could be greatly reduced by making significant changes, including targeting federal and state funding more efficiently; allocating less money for "merit aid" and more to match financial need; creating a respected "teaching corps" that would include nontenure faculty; improving basic courses in fields such as math by combining adaptive learning and face-to-face teaching; strengthening leadership; and encouraging more risk taking. It won't be easy for faculty, administrators, trustees, and legislators to make such sweeping changes, but only by doing so will they make it possible for our colleges and universities to meet the nation's demands tomorrow and into the future
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The shape of the river : long-term consequences of considering race in college and university admissions
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Bowen, W.G.

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William Bowen économiste et écrivain américain

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The game of life : college sports and educational valuesLabor and the national economyReclaiming the game : college sports and educational valuesCrossing the finish line : completing college at America's public universitiesEquity and excellence in American higher educationThe wage-price issue; a theoretical analysisIn pursuit of the PhDProspects for faculty in the arts and sciences : a study of factors affecting demand and supply, 1987 to 2012