TEN REASONS WHY MEN AREN’T GOING TO COLLEGE

James Shelley (JShelley@Lakelandcc.edu)
Director of the Men’s Resource Center at Lakeland Community College, in Kirtland, Ohio.

Abstract


This article examines the gender gap in college enrollment rates, as well as why males are lagging in academic persistence and performance. The article looks at these disparities from both a community college perspective which, because of its broad accessibility, reveals challenges faced by a wide demographic spectrum of males, and also at four year colleges where anti-male sentiment is becoming more structuralized. Many of the contributing causes, such as gender differences in language development, begin at earlier ages, so the article extends its search for causes into K through 12 educational settings. 

 

Keywords: education gender gap, College gender gap, men in college, college graduation rates and gender, academic achievement and gender


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