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September 24, 2010

The Outer Edge of the Campus Gender Gap

That's found at the College of Charleston, where there are twice as many women. Given the presence of the Citadel, where the guys are anxious to meet College of Charleston women, it sounds like the college is avoiding the "operational sex ratio" problems I've seen on other campuses, where men take a...

September 15, 2010

Fewer Oregon Boys Taking SAT

Interesting story out of Oregon indicates the gender gaps may be widening further -- an increase in the number of girls taking the test, an indicator of college aspirations, accompanied by a slight drop in the number of boys taking the test. Nationally, far more girls than boys take the test, espec...

September 14, 2010

Women Earning the Majority of PhDs

As this Inside Higher Ed article points out, this is a natural progression. When fewer men than women enter college and fewer men than women earn degrees once in college, this is to be expected. Colleges are bit players in the gender gaps. K-12 schools, especially elementary schools, are the major ...

August 17, 2010

Help Me Understand This One

The DOE's Office for Civil Rights surveyed the landscape looking for gender inequities to investigate and passed on the need to examine why four-year colleges are moving toward 60/40 (female-male) gender imbalances in graduation rates. Instead, these crack investigators settled on this, far more pre...

August 10, 2010

Racial Graduation Gaps Only Part of the Story

Again, my good friends at Education Trust focus only on the racial graduation gaps. What gets left out are the gender graduation gaps. In Why Boys Fail I visit California State University at Fullerton where at the six-year mark 55 percent of the women have graduated but only 40 percent of the men. H...

August 09, 2010

Silence on Gender Gaps Likely to Continue

President Obama today will renew his call to boost college graduation rates, with a goal set for 60 percent by 2020, up from 40 percent today. Good goal, but there's only one way to get there, which is by boosting the high school graduation rates, college entry rates and college graduation rates for...

August 02, 2010

No-Name Report on Admissions Discrimination

According to the Chronicle, the forthcoming report on whether colleges are discriminating against women by favoring male applicants may not identify particular colleges. From the article: The commission aims to discover if colleges are violating Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 by favo...

July 28, 2010

It's Time to Stop Talking About Test Scores ...

...and start talking about outcomes. Take this commentary from California. Let's get down to basics. On graduation day In California two of every three students walking across the podium to receive diplomas from California State University are female. There's nothing unclear or iffy about that. Ther...

July 14, 2010

Wildavsky on the International Gender Gap

Ben Wildavsky, author of the The Great Brain Race, put in a lot of years at U.S. News, a magazine that has invested some good research into college gender gaps. Now, Wildavsky notes the international aspect of the gender gaps. An explanation for women faring better in college: one reason women hav...

June 29, 2010

Women as Entrepreneurs

Any discussion of why college gender gaps matter, or don't matter, has to include two considerations: the low percentages of women in some hard sciences and the paucity of women emerging as business risk takers. Both those considerations make a difference in this country's economic competitiveness. ...

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