Sunday, July 09, 2006

At Colleges, Women Are Leaving Men in the Dust

There have been more women than men enrolling in college for the last 25 years. This article from the New York Times shows they are not only doing better in terms of grades and graduation rates, but the gap is widening.
"I take the path of least resistance," said [Rick] Kohn, who works 25 hours a week to put himself through the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. "This summer, I looked for the four easiest courses I could take that would let me graduate in August."
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He does not see his female classmates sharing that attitude. Women work harder in school, Kohn thinks. "The girls care more about their GPA and the way they look on paper," he said.
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U.S. Education Department statistics show that men, whatever their race or socioeconomic group, are less likely than women to get bachelor's degrees — and among those who do, fewer complete their degrees in four or five years. Men also get worse grades than women.

And in two national studies, college men reported that they studied less and socialized more than their female classmates.
Sobering statistics, eh? The story does not mention fraternity/sorority ties specificly but it would be interesting to see if those factors would have any affect on the gender gap. My gut tells me that probably would not make much difference.

At Colleges, Women Are Leaving Men in the Dust - New York Times
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