There has been a dramatic, worldwide decline in the number of men in colleges and universities over the last fifty
years. The rates in the US for men enrolled in four year colleges declined from 70% in 1949 to 42% in 2006 (Sax,
2007). It is estimated that by 2020 the ratio of women to men who will earn their BA degree will be 156 to 100.
Interestingly, statistics are now showing that there is a growing apathy for studies amongst boys of all income levels,
races and ethnicities; including those in small and large cities and affluent and the not so affluent suburbs (Sax,
2007). While we laud and are happy with the increase among women, we are concerned about the decline among
men. This decline in enrollment in higher education among males reinforces a lack of motivation and inadequate role
We believe that high school and college graduation rates are a barometer of the health of society. Hence, an
increase in the number of men in colleges and universities will create a more secure and attractive environment for
families, a safer society, a better and more balanced setting in which children and youth will be nurtured. Producing
a more educated cadre of male thinkers to face the challenges ahead will help motivate boys during their
impressionable years to positively consider college.
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