College or Career? The answer isn’t what you’d expect for males

I read an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal discussing the dramatic decline in men applying for and graduating from two and four-year colleges. Here’s the introductory piece of the discussion:

Men are abandoning higher education in such numbers that they now trail female college students by record levels.

At the close of the 2020-21 academic year, women made up 59.5% of college students, an all-time high, and men 40.5%, according to enrollment data from the National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit research group. U.S. colleges and universities had 1.5 million fewer students compared with five years ago, and men accounted for 71% of the decline.

This education gap, which holds at both two- and four-year colleges, has been slowly widening for 40 years. The divergence increases at graduation: After six years of college, 65% of women in the U.S. who started a four-year university in 2012 received diplomas by 2018 compared with 59% of men during the same period, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

While the reasons for the decline are varied and complicated, the solutions mind-numbing, if your high school students are looking for alternatives to traditional four-year college and University environment, run through this simple matrix to see which you’re better suited for:

Then, check out these articles discussing how to prepare for the choice best for you:

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Whether you pick college or career, students need to prepare a resume. Here are resources to create one that’s professional and thorough:

  1. Google Docs–go to and select Resume template
  2. PorfolioGen–A free site that lets you collect all the pieces of your experience into one nicely-formatted digital place. 
  3. Resume Builder
  4. Resume Generator
  5. Student CV Builder
  6. Wix–This is free with lots of templates so you can share exactly the right image. Here are examples.
  7. WordPress–Use a free WordPress blog, but instead convert the pages to topics discussed below. Here’s an example.

Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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2 thoughts on “College or Career? The answer isn’t what you’d expect for males

  1. This is very interesting, Jacquie. I feel that men are being prejudiced in the work place now and that there is a move to promote women ahead of men. That is what I see here and in the UK, I can’t speak to the USA. Whenever systems with bias are introduced in the workplace, you will get a lack of balance in the system. What we need is fairness and job opportunities and promotions being given to the best candidate regardless of race and gender. I live in a country where the minority is heavily prejudiced against and their are ratios for all jobs at every level. The outcome is a huge exit of qualified and educated minorities who seek better opportunities elsewhere. Our history is the reason for this situation but after 26 years it is more prejudicial now than ever before. It is having an extremely adverse effect on our economic growth. My own sons are preparing to leave as soon as their tertiary education is finished. It is very sad and impacts the most on the very people who the system is designed to help because the job market is shrinking by the month.

  2. I agree about the US, too, Robbie! About the prejudice against males. I’ve heard it from guys, even in military settings, but anonymously. I don’t think ours is as onerous yet as yours, but we’re headed there. These voices aren’t the majority, but they are the loudest and pretty darn effective. The core of this WSJ article is a logical consequence of it. I hope your sons stay close to home, that things work out before they have to make decisions.

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