According to an article in the Washington Post, the gender gap in undergraduate education is no longer growing:
More men are attending college and graduating with a bachelor’s degree, reversing the tendency of female undergraduates to outnumber men and outperform them academically, according to a new report out Tuesday.
The report, by the American Council on Education, indicates that, while the number of women going to college increased for decades, the numbers have stabilized. Men account for 43 percent of bachelor’s degrees awarded. It’s been that way for almost ten years. Women have been the majority on college campuses since 1978.
The report indicates that the reason for the gender discrepancy is that men are unlikely to go to college later in life. Nontraditional, older, students on college campuses are usually women.
Reports from some parts of the country indicate that the recession has led many unemployed American men to attend community colleges, which may change the gender breakdown. At this point it’s too early to tell, however.