Posted by: Gregory Linton | 07/28/2011

Gender Gap Keeps Increasing

NCES, “2008-09 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study.

This recent study by the NCES provides the latest statistics on the gender gap in higher education. In 2007-2008, of those student’s enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs, 57.9% were women and 42.1% were men. The most recent NCES projections indicate that from 2008 to 2019 undergraduate enrollment will increase by 12% for men and 21% for women (see figure 18). Consequently, the gender gap will continue to widen. Today there are 2.5 million more women than men in the undergraduate population; by 2019, there will be 4 million more women than men enrolled in college (Table 22). In 2007-2008, 228,000 more women than men received bachelor’s degrees. In 2019-2020, that gap will increase to 308,000 (Table 32).

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