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The First Person to Earn a Ph.D. in Physics in the State of South Dakota

The First Person to Earn a Ph.D. in Physics in the State of South Dakota

Wenzhao Wei is not only the first woman, but the first person, to earn a Ph.D. in physics in the state of South Dakota. She earned her degree in the joint program of the University of South Dakota and the South Dakota School of Mining and Technology.

The Gender Gap in Graduate Degree Awards Varies Greatly by Particular Discipline

The Gender Gap in Graduate Degree Awards Varies Greatly by Particular Discipline

Women made up more than three quarters of all master’s degree recipients in education, public administration, and the health sciences. However women were less than one third of all master’s degree recipients in engineering and mathematics and computer science. There were similar gender gaps in doctoral awards.

Women Are Making Progress at Schools With Large Numbers of STEM Graduates

Women Are Making Progress at Schools With Large Numbers of STEM Graduates

A new study by the labor market analytics firm Emsi and published in The Wall Street Journal finds that at nine of the 10 universities with the largest number of degree earners in STEM fields, women made gains from 2012 to 2016. At six of these 10 schools women earned at least one third of all STEM degrees.

The Gender Gap Among Degree Recipients in Humanities Disciplines

The Gender Gap Among Degree Recipients in Humanities Disciplines

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences finds that in 2015, women earned 61.7 percent of all associate’s degrees in humanities fields. The percentage of women among associate’s degree recipients in the humanities has remained largely unchanged since 1989. Women also made up 61 percent of all recipients of bachelor’s degrees in the humanities.

Examining the Gender Gap in Bachelor Degree Awards in Various Disciplines

Examining the Gender Gap in Bachelor Degree Awards in Various Disciplines

A new study by the American Enterprise Institute found that that women make up a huge percentage of all degree earners in some fields and very few in others. For example, women made up 87 percent of all bachelor’s degree earners in the field of family and consumer sciences but only 18 percent in computer science.

New Report Shows That Women Lead Men at All Levels of Degree Attainment

New Report Shows That Women Lead Men at All Levels of Degree Attainment

In the 2015-16 academic year, women earned 58 percent of all degrees from four-year institutions and 57.7 percent of all degrees from two-year institutions. Women earned 59.2 percent of all master’s degrees. Women held a slight lead in research doctorates and a much larger lead in professional practice doctorates.

The Gender Gap in Degree Awards in the Sciences and Engineering

The Gender Gap in Degree Awards in the Sciences and Engineering

In 2016, 13 percent of all degrees earned by women were in the natural sciences or engineering, compared to 28 percent for men. Thus, men were more than twice as likely as women to earn bachelor’s degrees in these fields. As we move up the educational ladder, the gender gap increases.

The Gender Gap in College Graduation Rates

The Gender Gap in College Graduation Rates

If we look at all four-year educational institutions, we find that 62.1 percent of women who entered these institutions in 2009 seeking a bachelor’s degree earned their degree within six years. For men seeking bachelor’s degrees, the graduation rate was 56.2 percent.

Ranking the States by the Percentage of Women Among Their Doctoral Degree Recipients

Ranking the States by the Percentage of Women Among Their Doctoral Degree Recipients

In Minnesota, women earned 54.6 percent of all doctorates awarded in 2015. This was the highest percentage in the nation. Maine ranked second and the District of Columbia ranked third. The only other states where women earned more doctorates than men were Mississippi and North Dakota.

Academic Disciplines With Huge Gender Gaps in Doctoral Degree Awards

Academic Disciplines With Huge Gender Gaps in Doctoral Degree Awards

In 2015, women earned 46.2 percent of all doctorates awarded by universities in the United States. But there are a significant number of disciplines where women earned less than one third of all doctorates. In contrast, there are a large number of fields in which women earned more than three quarters of all doctorates.

The Nationwide Gender Gap in College Graduation Rates

The Nationwide Gender Gap in College Graduation Rates

For all students who enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at the nation’s largest four-year colleges and universities in 2009, 66 percent earned their degrees by 2015. When we break the figures down by gender, we see that 68 percent of women earned their degrees within six years compared to 63 percent of men.

The Gender Gap in Doctoral Degree Awards

The Gender Gap in Doctoral Degree Awards

In 2015, women earned 46.1 percent of all doctoral degrees awarded by American universities. But, if we restrict the data to U.S. citizens and permanent residents of this country, we find that 17,872 women earned doctorates. This is nearly 51 percent of all doctoral recipients among U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

New Report From The College Board Examines the Gender Gap in Educational Attainment and Earnings

New Report From The College Board Examines the Gender Gap in Educational Attainment and Earnings

Despite gains for women in college enrollments and degree attainments, a new report from The College Board shows that the gender gap in earnings prevails at all educational attainment levels. For example, for men and women who held professional degrees, the median income for men in 2015 was $131,200 compared to $82,500 for women.

The First Graduates of Duke University's Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program

The First Graduates of Duke University’s Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program

Students can earn a master’s degree in nursing or a post-master’s certificate for students interested in specializing in women’s health.

Sisters Earn the First Two Doctorates in Educational Leadership at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Sisters Earn the First Two Doctorates in Educational Leadership at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Both recipients of the doctoral degrees in educational leadership in higher education are employees of the university. Both are in their 60s and they are sisters.

A Look at Gender Differences in Graduate Enrollments and Degree Attainments

A Look at Gender Differences in Graduate Enrollments and Degree Attainments

Women continue to hold a majority of all places at U.S. graduate schools. While women earn a majority of all master’s and doctoral degrees, there remains a huge gender gap in favor of men in many STEM disciplines.

New Data on Women's Enrollments and Degree Awards in Higher Education

New Data on Women’s Enrollments and Degree Awards in Higher Education

The data shows that in the 2014-15 academic year, there were 15,558,768 women enrolled at degree-granting institutions in the United States. They made up 56.8 percent of the total enrollments in higher education.

The U.S. Medical Schools That Graduate the Highest Number of Women

The U.S. Medical Schools That Graduate the Highest Number of Women

During the 2014-15 academic year, the University of Illinois issued medial degrees to 156 women, the most of any medical school in the United States. At many high ranking-medical schools, women graduates outnumbered men.

Large Universities Where a High Percentage of Women Earn Degrees in STEM Fields

Large Universities Where a High Percentage of Women Earn Degrees in STEM Fields

Nationwide, 7 percent of all women and 17 percent of all men earn their bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields. At the University of California, San Diego, 32.7 percent of all women graduates earn their degree in a STEM field, the highest rate among the nation’s 100 largest universities.

Tracking the Progress of American Women in Degree Attainments

Tracking the Progress of American Women in Degree Attainments

While the percentage of all bachelor’s degrees awarded to women remained essentially unchanged, women increased their share of associate’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The most impressive gains were in doctoral degrees.

Twin Sisters Graduate in Top Two Spots at Trinity College in Connecticut

Twin Sisters Graduate in Top Two Spots at Trinity College in Connecticut

Jami R. Gogswell, the valedictorian, was a double major in mathematics and classical studies with a minor in Latin. Her sister Darcy majored in classical studies and minored in history.

The Gender Gap in Higher Education Is Projected to Widen by 2023

The Gender Gap in Higher Education Is Projected to Widen by 2023

By 2023, enrollments of women in postsecondary degree-granting institutions are expected to increase by 20 percent. During the same period, the enrollments of men in higher education are expected to increase by only 10 percent. The gender gap in degree attainments is also expected to widen.

The Gender Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

The Gender Gap in Educational Attainment in the United States

While the gender gap in the overall educational attainment of the adult U.S. population is small, the considerable advantage of women over men in current college enrollments and current degree attainments, will undoubtedly expand the overall gender gap in educational attainment in the years ahead.

Differences in Persistence Rates in U.S. Higher Education by Gender

Differences in Persistence Rates in U.S. Higher Education by Gender

More than one third of all men who enrolled in higher education in the 2011-12 academic year were no longer enrolled in higher education in 2014 and had not earned a degree or certificate of any kind. For women, 27.3 percent were no longer enrolled.

The Nationwide Gender Gap in College Graduation Rates

The Nationwide Gender Gap in College Graduation Rates

For all students who enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at four-year institutions in 2008, 62.3 percent of women earned their degree by 2014. For men, the graduation rate was 5.8 percentage points lower at 56.5 percent.

Woman Graduates From College 67 Years After Earning Her High School Diploma

Woman Graduates From College 67 Years After Earning Her High School Diploma

Last month, Rosemarie Howerton earned a bachelor’s degree at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She earned her bachelor’s degree 67 years after graduating from high school. Howerton will celebrate her 86th birthday on January 20.

Ranking the States by the Percentage of Women Among Their Doctoral Degree Recipients

Ranking the States by the Percentage of Women Among Their Doctoral Degree Recipients

Nationwide men earned nearly 4,200 more doctoral degrees than women in 2014. But there were several states where women earned more doctorates than men. The states with the highest percentage of women among their doctoral degree awardees were Alaska, Rhode Island, and Hawaii.

The First Woman to Earn a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Miami

The First Woman to Earn a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Miami

Negin Arhami, a native of Tehran, Iran, received a Ph.D. in computer science on December 17 from the University of Miami. She is the first woman in history to earn a Ph.D. in computer science at the university.

Sisters Earn Degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Mexico

Sisters Earn Degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Mexico

Nationwide, women earn only about 12 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in the field of mechanical engineering. So it is rather unique that at the recent fall graduation ceremonies at the University of New Mexico, two sisters earned degrees in the field.

The Gender Gap in Doctoral Degree Awards

The Gender Gap in Doctoral Degree Awards

In 2014, women earned 46.1 percent of all doctoral degrees awarded by American universities. But in some major disciplines, the gender gap was huge. Women earned 28.7 percent of the doctorates in the physical sciences and 22.9 percent of engineering doctorates.

New Data on the Gender Gap in Degree Attainments

New Data on the Gender Gap in Degree Attainments

For the 2013-14 academic year, the data shows that women received 1,886,440 degrees from four-year institutions. This was 58.1 percent of all degrees earned at these institutions. Women earned an even higher percentage of all awards at private colleges and universities and at for-profit institutions.

The Gender Gap in Graduate School Enrollments and Degree Attainments

The Gender Gap in Graduate School Enrollments and Degree Attainments

According to a new report from the Council of Graduate Schools, in 2014 women were 57.7 of all graduate enrollments. In addition, women earned 59 percent of all graduate degrees and 52.2 percent of all doctoral degrees awarded in the 2013-14 academic year.

The University of Utah Aims to Boost Educational Opportunities for Women

The University of Utah Aims to Boost Educational Opportunities for Women

In Utah, men are more likely to earn college degrees than women by a significant margin. But a new Women’s Enrollment Initiative at the University of Utah aims to increase the retention and graduation rate of women students.

Women Earned 524,000 More Credentials Than Men From Four-Year Institutions in 2013-14

Women Earned 524,000 More Credentials Than Men From Four-Year Institutions in 2013-14

Women earned 1,886,334 degrees and certificates from four-year institutions in the 2013-14 academic year. They made up 58.1 percent of all individuals who were given degrees or certificates from four-year institutions.

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee's Life Impact Program Is a Godsend for Student Parents

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Life Impact Program Is a Godsend for Student Parents

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Life Impact Program provides financial assistance, academic guidance, counseling on parenting, and a monetary aid fund for life’s emergencies. Participants in the program have achieved a 86.2 percent graduation rate.