On November 2, 2009, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights announced an investigation into college admissions discrimination directed at women (InsideHigherEd; Chronicle of Higher Ed; WhyBoysFail.com). Citing reporting by Richard Whitmire and U.S. News & World Report, the commission said it would direct its probe mostly at independent colleges which have far higher admissions rates for men than women.
That practice, which is widespread and includes some public colleges, is done to compensate for the shortage of high quality male applicants. Despite this admissions discrimination, women still make up 58 percent of the B.A. earners and 62 percent of those earning associate’s degrees. These college gender imbalances are the most obvious manifestations of the “boy troubles.”
The interest in this issue is strong. Within a week of the announcement of the investigation, The Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed by Richard Whitmire, author of Why Boys Fail: Saving Our Sons from an Educational System That’s Leaving Them Behind (January 2010), on this issue.
Read the op-ed HERE.
Learn more about Richard Whitmire HERE.