This is a very interesting WSJ article (of course it is behind a paywall) on the decline of men at US two and four-year colleges and I just wanted to share a few quotes from the article and ask what other CC’ers think about this phenomenon.
“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.”
“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.”
“No reversal is in sight. Women increased their lead over men in college applications for the 2021-22 school year—3,805,978 to 2,815,810—by nearly a percentage point compared with the previous academic year, according to Common Application, a nonprofit that transmits applications to more than 900 schools. Women make up 49% of the college-age population in the U.S., according to the Census Bureau.”
“Young women appear eager to take leadership roles, making up 59% of student body presidents in the 2019-20 academic year and 74% of student body vice presidents.”
“Many young men are hobbled by a lack of guidance, a strain of anti-intellectualism and a growing belief that college degrees don’t pay off, said Ed Grocholski, a senior vice president at Junior Achievement USA, which works with about five million students every year to teach about career paths, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.
“What I see is there is a kind of hope deficit,” Mr. Grocholski said.
I have talked to others about this trend, but I didn’t realize that the numbers were skewing as quickly as the article shared. Men today make up a large majority of executives in Government, Fortune 500 companies, and are still paid more than their female counterparts, so I wonder if this trend will “balance” those discrepancies long-term or will this cause problems that end up causing a majority of schools to give men a stronger preference in admissions? Is this a doomsday scenario for institutions of higher learning (the continued decline in the number of young men attending college)?