Free World - September 15, 2021

American men are abandoning higher education in such numbers that they now trail…


American men are abandoning higher education in such numbers that they now trail female college students by record levels.⁠⁠
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U.S. colleges and universities had 1.5 million fewer students compared with five years ago, and men accounted for 71% of the decline, according to enrollment data from the National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit research group. At the close of the 2020-21 academic year, women made up 59.5% of college students, an all-time high.⁠⁠
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This education gap, which holds at both two- and four-year colleges, has been slowly widening for 40 years, and the pandemic hasn’t helped: Nearly 700,000 fewer students were enrolled in colleges in spring 2021 compared with spring 2019, a Journal analysis found, with 78% fewer men.⁠⁠
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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.⁠⁠
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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.⁠⁠
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American colleges, which are embroiled in debates over racial and gender equality, and working on ways to reduce sexual assault and harassment of women on campus, have yet to reach a consensus on what might slow the retreat of men from higher education. Some schools are quietly trying programs to enroll more men, but there is scant campus support for spending resources to boost male attendance and retention.⁠⁠
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