In North Dakota Women Are A Lot More Likely To Graduate Than Men


The public perception of women in education is that men have the advantage, and that women need special programs and assistance to make up for disadvantages and inequalities. The problem is, it seems to be women who have the advantage in higher education over men.

Earlier this week I wrote about the growing disparity between men and women among college graduates. According to national figures, far more women are graduating from college than men:


It turns out that here in North Dakota the trend holds up. According to numbers from the North Dakota University System, the number of degree completions is a lot higher for women than it is for men:

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Not only that, but the number of students entering each institution as full-time, first-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who graduate within 150% of normal time (six years for a four-year degree, three years for a two-year degree) is also significantly higher for women than men:

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Numbers to keep in mind when you consider the number of programs aimed at promoting women going to college versus efforts to push men into college. There are all manner of female study programs at our universities, and federal programs aimed at promoting college education for women, but none that I can find for men.

Also, why equal outcomes aren’t something we should be looking for, you have to question whether or not there are equal opportunities for both men and women at our universities when graduation rates and degree completion rates are so different.