Where are the college men?

Where are the college men? Female high-school students are more likely to aspire to a college degree, enroll and graduate than their male classmates. That’s true on leafy liberal arts campuses — and even more true at community colleges, which provide affordable job training.

Men are “conspicuously absent” on the campus of Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, writes Hanna Rosin in The End of Men: And the Rise of Women. Although the college president tries to “recruit more boys,” 70 percent of MCC students are female. Many are single mothers.

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  1. Why sign up for more and increased cultural misandry in the college environment?

    The males have probably had their fill of it during their school years and now want a taste of freedom.

    Good luck to them and I wish them well on a perfectly rational response to the current educational environment.

    I’m sure the females can pick up the societal slack without any problems as we have often heard that men aren’t needed. I’m sure it will all end well.

  2. Mark Roulo says:

    But also, we are sending too many people to college.


    And the amount of student loan debt can be scary.


    Maybe the correct question is why so many women are going …

  3. The other issue is that males (in general) graduate at least 2 years behind in math skills, and 1 to 1.5 years behind in reading and writing skills, compared to females.

    Many students graduate without the required knowledge or skills to succeed in college…Look at who gets disciplined more (in general it’s males), who is cutting class more often (males)…the typical school doesn’t work well for today’s males, and in general, the myth of the War Against Girls over the last 20 years is a sham, since females have been kicking the collective rear ends of males in academics in public school and college for at least a solid decade or so.

  4. Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Missouri, has an overall graduation rate of 16%. The transfer out rate is 28%.

    Thus, over half of the students who enrolled in 2008 neither graduate nor transfer out.

    The overall graduation rates, by gender, are similar: 15% (M) vs. 18% (F).

    Perhaps men are more realistic than women at assessing their chances of completing a degree, or they’re more leery of taking on debt.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Very little is expected of boys these days.

  6. Richard Aubrey says:

    Some welfare situations require attendance at some kind of school a condition for receipt of bennies. If we find this is the case at a school–whether for single mothers or simply people without money needing assistance–the figures could be skewed without some great cultural explanation necessary.