Addicted to novelty since 2001

71 to 100?

I recently read an article about surging university enrolment across the country. The big story, however, is the increasing gender gap between men and women. In the 2001-02 school year, there were 403,200 women and 286,500 men registered in undergrad programs. That means there’s now 71 men for 100 women. That’s a significant change from 1992-03, where the ratio was 77:100. Things are about equal at the graduate level at the graduate level, as the numbers in this article presumably reflect students at every post-secondary level .

Over the weekend, I was talking to a friend of mine who does recruiting for the University of Victoria. We didn’t particularly discuss gender, but he said that there had been a huge growth in trades training and education. I wondered if that could account for some of this phenomenon. I checked out the registration figures for a popular community college, BCIT. Page 16 of the 2003 BCIT Facts and Figures report (PDF) shows that 72% of fulltime students are male. Apparently the men are still going to school, but not opting for universities. I couldn’t find any meanginful historical data to show if male registration has grown at BCIT, so my theory isn’t exactly well-formed.

The long and the short of this, however, is that young men have no excuse for not getting dates at university. Remove the standard 10% for gay men (presumably they have it worst off, variety-wise), and that’s 64 men for 100 women. All you need to be is clean, disease-free and breathing. That’s a tall order, I suppose, for many university males.

4 Responses to “71 to 100?”

  1. Bill Stilwell

    Don’t you have to allow for the lesbians? Which would make things 64:90. Still, gotta like those odds….

  2. Johnny Nemo

    It’s probably worse odds than that, because university is where lots of girls experiment with lesbianism. But still …

    It’s interesting that women are still dramatically under-represented in Trades programmes. Victoria’s Camosun College can’t *draft* girls into Engineering.

    Women are under-represented in Science generally. Even when they do go into Science, it’s usually the “soft” sciences like Psychology or even Biology. How many women Physics or Math majors are there? Weird, ’cause in public schools girls do better at math than boys.

  3. donna

    and you know, it pisses me off that even with more women getting educated, there’s *still* a huge wage gap in the opposite direction. Damnit.

  4. med school blues

    women in med school

    darren barefoot recently commented on the increasing gender gap in university enrolment across the country. specifically, he noted that: “In the 2001-02 school year, there were 403,200 women and 286,500 men registered in undergrad programs. That means …

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