College & Workforce Readiness Opinion

How To Get More Men Into College

By Richard Whitmire — April 15, 2010 1 min read
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Here’s the interesting thing about this research project I co-wrote for New America Foundation -- it should help men as much as women, and yet the program is mostly female. I suppose this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Women earn 62 percent of all associate’s degrees.

And yet, given the impact of the Great Recession, where 80 percent of the layoffs are male, you would think men would start getting the message. Actually, that may be happening, according to Inside Higher Education.

Regardless, if Obama plans to meet his 2020 goal of boosting this country back into the top of international best-educated list, it will be programs such as Pathway to the Baccalaureate at Northern Virginia Community College that will get him there.

Just one question: How do you draw more males into these programs? The answer: Until DOE acknowledges it has a problem with males in the K-12 pipeline (a sticky political problem for the Administration), that won’t happen. Denial works ... but not forever.

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