Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Why Men Don't Go To College

The Wall Street Journal has a long piece on low rates of male college enrollment in the United States.  Enrollment rates among white men are lower than among other racial groups after accounting for family income.

Men are abandoning higher education in such numbers that they now trail female college students by record levels.

At the close of the 2020-21 academic year, women made up 59.5% of college students, an all-time high, and men 40.5%, according to enrollment data from the National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit research group. U.S. colleges and universities had 1.5 million fewer students compared with five years ago, and men accounted for 71% of the decline.

This education gap, which holds at both two- and four-year colleges, has been slowly widening for 40 years. The divergence increases at graduation: After six years of college, 65% of women in the U.S. who started a four-year university in 2012 received diplomas by 2018 compared with 59% of men during the same period, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

In the next few years, two women will earn a college degree for every man, if the trend continues, said Douglas Shapiro, executive director of the research center at the National Student Clearinghouse.

That men are not enrolling in college.  Most colleges are ultra-woke.  Nobody wants to be charged exorbitant tuition rates to be treated as an oppressor for four to six years.  In addition, most white collar employers discriminate against men in terms of training and promotional opportunities.  That is particularly true of government and quasi-governmental organizations.  

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