Women are now outpacing men in attainment of both advanced college degrees and bachelor’s degrees, according to new Census data.
Among adults 25 and older, 10.6 million U.S. women have master’s degrees or higher, compared with 10.5 million men. However, women still trail men in professional subcategories such as business, science and engineering.
About 20.1 million women have bachelor’s degrees, compared with nearly 18.7 million men.
The findings will not Thomas Mortenson, a senior scholar at the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education in Washington, DC., and an independent higher education policy analyst.
I’ve interviewed Mortenson in the past on the growing gap in educational achievement between boys and girls in Georgia. For example, Georgia’s high school graduation class of 2005 began freshman year with 64,000 boys. Four years later, only 40,000 remained.
The problem that I found is that no one knew where those 24,000 missing boys were. My guess was the Dairy Queen parking lot or their parents’ basement.
Mortenson is part of the Boys Initiative. a national campaign to highlight the decline in male academic performance over the past two decades.
While we ought to celebrate the ascension of women in higher education, should we worry more about what is happening to boys?
The Boys Initiative thinks so, and provides reams of data to support its position:
-For every 100 females ages 15 to 19 that commit suicide 549 males in the same
range kill themselves
-For every 100 girls who graduate from high school 96 boys graduate
-For every 100 girls in grades 10 to 12 that drop out of high school 103 boys drop
out of high school
-For every 100 girls suspended from public elementary and secondary schools 215
boys are suspended.
-For every 100 girls diagnosed with a special education disability 217 boys are
diagnosed with a special education disability
-For every 100 women enrolled in college there are 78 men enrolled.
-For every 100 women enrolled in the fourth year of college there are 81 men
-For every 100 American women who earn a bachelor’s degree from college
75 American men earn a bachelor’s degree
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog