Back in 1980, women outnumbered men in undergraduate programs, while men predominated in graduate degrees. But the times, they are a’changin’. And the men, they are a’slippin’.

men in higher education

In both undegrad and grad programs, men now account for less than 45% of students. And by 2020, it’s projected that fewer than 40% of grad students will be men. Some of this is good news in disguise. Women are pursuing degrees at higher and higher rates. (Perhaps in part because female-dominated professions such as teaching and nursing have increased their degree requirements.) But nobody should be excited that men aren’t keeping up, except perhaps undegrad boys excited to have the dating pool stacked in their favor.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

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