Slate writer describes what I found several years ago when I visited James Madison University in Virginia. Once a college campus swings more than 60 percent female, everything changes, especially the balance of power between the sexes. What's true in the animal kingdom holds true among humans as we...
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February 25, 2011
February 16, 2011
Useful discussion captured at Inside Higher Education about how to measure college success -- a debate that needs to focus on gender issues (but usually doesn't).
February 12, 2011
From Bloomberg Businessweek: Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Women in the U.S. are almost twice as likely as men to earn a bachelor's degree by age 23, underscoring decades of gains by females in schools and the workforce, according to a government survey.
February 02, 2011
Apparently, the foundations sponsoring this prize to increase college attainment don't realize there's a low-hanging-fruit path to boosting those numbers quickly: men. That's the group entering college at lower rates and then graduating at lower rates. This could be a good (and lucrative) project f...
October 27, 2010
That's a strategy some colleges are using to attract men. Maryland's Stevenson College is the subject of a page 1 Post article today. It works, in a way. Until you realize everyone's playing in a zero-sum game here. I wrote about the same in 2008 while working on the USA Today editorial page and ...
October 22, 2010
A comparison of campus gender gaps done by the NYU newspaper. At urban universities such as NYU (60 percent female) the gaps have less impact than at universities located in rural areas or smaller cities where the social life is confined to the campus population.
October 20, 2010
That goal, to boost the United States to the top of world rankings for college completion, won't happen, and today's report from the American Council on Education makes it clear why: men are not completing college at the same rate as women. The Post's version. If Obama and the national foundations ...
October 11, 2010
Good piece in the Philly Inquirer, but the reporter settles too easily into the theory that the gender gaps are driven only by minority men. Is that the case at the University of Delaware? I suspect there's more to it. Reporters given this many inches might also want to spend a graph or two explorin...
October 04, 2010
Why does it make a difference if women make up close to 60 percent of the four-year degrees awarded? Won't they just take the jobs that in years past were held by men? As the father of two daughters I like that notion, but in the real world it doesn't work out that way. Men and women pursue differen...
September 29, 2010
A look at the gaps by the International Business Times. fyi to the author: the military can't explain the gaps; nor can the number of men choosing the trades over college.