https://www.usatoday.com/story/opin...5/college-fewer-men-hurts-america/8278887002/This fall, women outnumber men on two-year and four-year college campuses by millions. Nearly 60% of students are women while only about 40% are men, an education gap that has been widening for decades.
The problem has become even more acute as total enrollment has fallen by more than a million students over the past five years. The Wall Street Journal reports that "men accounted for 71% of the decline."
A half-century ago, the numbers were almost exactly the opposite, with men making up 60% of incoming freshmen. Back then, America knew why women were outnumbered: Sexist policies and social mores kept women on the sidelines.
Now, there's little research to explain why fewer men are enrolling in higher education. A spokesman for the Department of Education said the agency doesn't have an effort underway to explain what is going on.
Where have the men gone and why? 50 years ago the numbers were essentially reversed.
As one writer commented, one of the most dangerous things in the world is a young man with no job, no girlfriend, and no education. And women with college degrees generally reject men without college degrees. So where is this going?