Sex Bias or “Best and the Brightest” in University Selection Boards?

Woman with qualifications It seems that the war for equality among high school age students is being won – with a previously unseen impact on college application boards in many US Universities. Because women are outperforming men at high school level in the US, there are many colleges, including my own Alma mater, St. Mary's College of Maryland, among them, where the applicant pool is now 60% women. An article in the Washington Post "Sex Bias Probe in Colleges' Selections" explained "Over the past 40 years, women have gone from underrepresented minority to overrepresented majority on U.S. college campuses, where they outnumber men by a proportion approaching 60-40. Barriers that kept women from college have been swept away, and scholarly focus has shifted to the impediments facing men, who are more likely to drop out of school and more apt to go into the military, manual-labor jobs or prison.", In an effort to keep colleges attractive to women, many colleges want to keep the ratio to 50/50 – as they feel too many women in attendance will be a deterrent to new female applicants. Funny that – when men were the over-represented group in universities in the not too distant past, no one argued that we should let "lesser abled women" in as they make a university more attractive to men. Rather it was explained as "we only take the best and the brightest" – and if they so happen to be men, well then so be it. Interesting to see the rationale shift, now that the shoe is on the other "high-heeled foot".

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