College women work harder than their male classmates, notes the New York Times. Women earn higher grades and are more likely to earn a degree, to graduate with honors and to go on to graduate school.
. . . in two national studies, college men reported that they studied less and socialized more than their female classmates.
. . . It is not that men are in a downward spiral: they are going to college in greater numbers and are more likely to graduate than two decades ago.
Still, men now make up only 42 percent of the nation’s college students. And with sex discrimination fading and their job opportunities widening, women are coming on much stronger, often leapfrogging the men to the academic finish.
The gender gap is widening for middle-class and low-income families.