Females Increase Percentage of College Completion Compared To Males To Historic Levels

November 16th, 2010

Women Continue to Outpace Men in College Completion
In the 2008-09 school year, 58% of four-year degrees were awarded to women and 42% to men. Sixty-two percent of the degrees awarded by two-year institutions went to women; 38% were awarded to men.

Source: Knapp, L.G., Kelly-Reid, J.E., and Ginder, S.A. (2010). Postsecondary Institutions and Price of Attendance in the United States: Fall 2009, Degrees and Other Awards Conferred: 2008-09, and 12-Month Enrollment: 2008-09 (NCES 2010-161). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved September 25, 2010 from http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch

  Despite this trend there is little progress on understanding and changing this trend. The prior post has some insights to part of the issue.


One Response

  1. Gupta says:

    An interesting collection of articles on college gender gaps at http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/whyboysfail/. It would be nice to see educators discussing this issue rather than having reporters and parents chase their own favored solutions.

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