College 'Gender Gap' Favoring Women Stops Growing

A new report finds that the "gender gap" between college men and women has stopped growing.

According to the Washington-based American Council on Education, more men are now attending college and graduating with a bachelor's degree, reversing the tendency of female undergraduates to outnumber men and outperform them academically.

One notable exception is young Hispanic men -- especially new immigrants -- who are falling further behind Hispanic women.

Since 2003, men have accounted for 43 percent of overall college enrollment, and earned 43 percent of bachelor's degrees.

Women became the majority on college campuses after 1978, an outgrowth of the women's rights movement and a drop-off in male enrollment after the end of the Vietnam era.

Study author Jacqueline King says anecdotal evidence suggests the recession is pushing more men back to school, which could narrow the gender gap.


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