Behind the Gender Gap in College Enrollment

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In case you haven't been paying attention, in the last few years the overall college population in the US has trended increasingly female (with the exception of computer science and engineering).

A new report from the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests that there is a long-term view of how women make education decisions that explains what's going on today, and how we've seen aspects of this before over the last century. Inside Higher Ed discusses it as well.

This reinforces a theme that I keep seeing evidence for popping up all over: that women are very thoughtful and deliberate in making educational decisions, far more than men.



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    Alfred Thompson

    Spoken like a man with two daughters. Smiley
    Seriously though I see no reason to disagree with you. I think that it is clear that as a nation (the US anyway) we have made great strides in getting women to look at education as a path to the future. Women now see more options for themselves than ever before and education is the way to get them. What I worry about is that we are losing boys/men. If you look at the numbers you see that the average male student is behind the average girl in reading, writing and other related areas. Boys are, in my opinion, as much if not more at risk in those areas than girls were in math and science when we decided (rightly) that getting girls up to speed was a national priority. But I see little concern for boys in most schools.

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