Higher Education

, Volume 62, Issue 2, pp 249–251 | Cite as

William G. Bowen, Matthew M. Chingos, and Michael S. McPherson: Crossing the finish line

Princeton University Press, 2009
  • Dongbin Kim
Book Review

Focusing on one of today’s most pressing issues—one that still has no consistent agreement with respect to strategies for improvement—Bowen, Chingos, and McPherson seek to disentangle the forces that influence bachelor’s degree attainment, with particular attention to disparities in outcome by race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status (SES), and the universities that students attend. The book covers a wide range of related topics including national trends of degree completion, debates on the predictive power of high school GPA versus SAT/ACT on college graduation, the effects of price and financial aid on graduation, transfer students (from both two-year and four-year colleges) and their implications for institutional degree completion rates, and under-match versus over-match debates, to name a few. While individual chapters are comprehensive under the umbrella of the main theme, “crossing the finish line,” they are also self-contained and can serve as separate readings for those...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of KansasKansas cityUSA

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