Far More Women Enrolled in College than Men

Is going to college women’s work? According to The Huffington Post, a new federal report details how¬†women are quickly outpacing men in terms of college enrollment at every degree level – although, on average, male graduates still earn higher median salaries than their female counterparts.

The report, which is published annually by the National Center for Education Statistics, projects that by 2019 women will account for 59 percent of total undergraduate enrollment and 61 percent of total postbaccalaureate enrollment at the nation’s colleges and universities. Since the late 1990s, they have accounted for about three-fourths of the increase in the number of master’s degrees awarded in the United States and nearly all of the growth in the number of professional degrees earned.

However, in the eyes of some national experts on higher education, the United States is not making nearly enough progress in moving more students through high schools and colleges to become more significantly competitive in the world economy. Constant budget cuts in education certainly can’t be helping that. We need to improve our public schools, add teachers and make students stay in school for longer – but the economy seems to be causing just the opposite.

College enrollment overall has increased 24 percent from 2000-2008, and private postsecondary institutions saw a 44 percent rise in attendance. Perhaps the recession has caused people to seek more education so that can get better jobs? While unemployment is high across the country, it is lowest for those with college degrees.