For the first time in many years, a number of community colleges are reporting that their enrollment of male students this past fall either outpaced or equaled that of female students.
Tidewater Community College, in Virginia, saw a 16 percent increase in the enrollment of male students this past fall compared to fall 2008. During the same time period, female enrollment grew by 11.5 percent. Still, women are 61 percent of the college’s overall enrollment and men 39 percent.
A demographic analysis shows that a large percentage of the new male students at Tidewater are over the age of 30, non-white, enrolled full-time and in career/technology programs.
Women currently outnumber men about 60 percent to 40 percent in higher education across the country.
While the situation at Tidewater Community College is common across the region where the school is located, it’s a little soon to tell if it actually mirrors that of the rest of the country.
Preliminary results, however, indicate that there have been small increases in the number and percentage of men enrolled in community colleges across the United States. Of course, there’s been an increase the number of all people enrolled in community college lately. It’ll be interesting to see if most of them turn out to be men.