RE: Gender breakdown

Date: Mon Mar 06 2000 - 13:47:58 EST


Thanks for the for information on the web site--most timely. The concerns
about the enrollment patterns of males and females in higher education are
just beginning and your points about the absence of minority males in
higher education are well taken. In addition, however, is why other males
are not completing the degree work. We are hearing of numbers of males,
well-versed in technology, who are turning to industry rather that to
universities when they leave high school. These are young men who
otherwise would have attended college. In our region, which is prospering
economically, other males are going into construction work and other trades
after high school because of the pay and the ready job market. Many of
these boys may have been looking at college work but opted for the world of
work. There are a variety of reasons why the demographics are changing,
and an in-depth look into the "why" is warranted. Title IX was never
intended to exclude our sons as we sought to improve outcomes for our
daughters. We need to be careful that another backlash about Title IX does
not occur as it did last
fall in the name of helping boys.

Kathleen Rigsby <>

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