Are Male College Grads a Dying Breed?
A National Board of Education projections says woman college graduates dominate already and by 2017 the balance of female to male graduates will be 60-40. Is it time to do something to balance the trend now?
As college graduations are going on around the country, there is one fact hard to miss - more females are earning their diplomas than their male counterparts. So what does this mean going forward?
In 2007, a study by the National Board of Economic Research noted that in 1984-5, 45.1 percent of bachelor's degrees in business went to men, but by 2001-2 it was up to 50 percent. That same study noted that in 2003 there were 1.35 females to every male undergraduate in comparison to 1960 when there were 1.55 males for every female undergraduate.
On the current trend, National Board of Education projections puts graduation rates by 2017 at having already surpassed 60-40 percent female to male. In fact, the NBOE forecasts that by 2016, 64 percent of Associate degrees will go to women as will 61 percent of Bachelor degrees, 58 percent of Doctoral Degrees and 58 percent of Professional degrees.
What do you think the reasons are behind this trend and is it time for society to be concerned about it?