My blog discusses the important and complex subjects of college completion, college success, student risk factors (for failing), college readiness, and academic preparation. I will explore the pieces of the college puzzle that heavily influence, if not determine, college success rates.
Why Do Boys Complete College At Lower Rates Than Girls?
Girls were 58% of 4-year college graduates last year. The graduation rate of boys has been a declining trend for many years with last year's all-time low of 42% of all college graduates.
Yet, in new research on Baltimore school children, Doris R. Entwisle
, Karl L. Alexander
, and Linda S. Olson
found no evidence of boys in crisis. The researchers found that boys and girls enter school performing at about the same rate in reading.
Nevertheless, a gap favoring girls does surface during the elementary years, but only among disadvantaged youth – as defined by those who receive meal subsidies.
Disadvantaged boys fare poorly for two reasons:
(1) They are especially likely to have behavior problems, and
(2) their parents expect them to perform less well at school.
The research suggests that the so-called boy crisis is really a poor
boy crisis.Entwisle, Doris R., Karl L. Alexander, and Linda S. Olson, 2007. "Early Schooling: The Handicap of Being Poor and Male."Sociology of Education, 80(2), 114-138.
Labels: College Completion, College Success