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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.

The Gender Gap in Master's Degree Awards in STEM Fields

The Gender Gap in Master’s Degree Awards in STEM Fields

Women earned 60.1 percent of all master’s degrees awarded in the United States in 2012. But women earned only 27.8 percent of the master’s degree in the computer sciences, 21 percent of the master’s degrees in physics, and 22.9 percent of the master’s degrees in engineering.

In STEM Fields, Women and Men Now Progress to the Ph.D. at the Same Rate

In STEM Fields, Women and Men Now Progress to the Ph.D. at the Same Rate

A new study by researchers at Duke University and Northwestern University finds that women who graduate with bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields are now just as likely as men to progress to a doctoral degree as men.

The Persistent Gender Gap in Degree Attainments in Science and Engineering

The Persistent Gender Gap in Degree Attainments in Science and Engineering

In 2014, women earned 49 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering. Women earned 43 percent of master’s degrees in these fields and 40 percent of all doctoral degrees in science and engineering.

For the First Time, a Larger Percentage of Women Hold a College Degree Than Men

For the First Time, a Larger Percentage of Women Hold a College Degree Than Men

In recent years women have been earning more college degrees than men. But it appears that now for the first time, for adults of all ages women are more likely than men to be college-educated.

Gender Differences in the Road to the Doctoral Degree

Gender Differences in the Road to the Doctoral Degree

For recent doctoral degree recipients, women took longer than men to earn their doctoral degree. On average, women tended to accumulate more debt and used their own resources to fund their doctoral studies more than men.

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 4,000 more doctoral degrees than women in 2013. 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 Vermont, Maine, and Mississippi.

Mary Baldwin College Seeks to Boost Minority Women in STEM Fields

Mary Baldwin College Seeks to Boost Minority Women in STEM Fields

The Advance Achievement for Minority Women in STEM will provide scholarships, research opportunities, and travel expenses for Black and other minority women so they can attend professional conferences and seminars.

Academic Disciplines With Huge Gender Gaps in Doctoral Degree Awards

Academic Disciplines With Huge Gender Gaps in Doctoral Degree Awards

In 2013, women earned 46.2 percent of all doctorates awarded by American universities. But there are many specific academic disciplines in which the gender gap in doctoral degrees is substantial.

The Gender Gap in Doctoral Degree Awards

The Gender Gap in Doctoral Degree Awards

In 2013, women earned 46.2 percent of all doctoral degrees awarded by universities in the United States. But there was a wide gender disparity in doctoral awards in specific fields. For example, women earned only 22.9 percent of the doctorates in engineering.

New Report Looks at the Gender Gap in College Graduation Rates

New Report Looks at the Gender Gap in College Graduation Rates

The data shows that at state-operated institutions, the graduation rate for women was 57.6 percent. For men the graduation rate was 52.1 percent. At private, nonprofit institutions, graduation rates were higher but there was a similar gender gap.

The Gender Gap in College Graduation Rates at Large Universities

The Gender Gap in College Graduation Rates at Large Universities

At the nation’s largest universities, women graduate at a rate of 66 percent. This is five percentage points higher than the graduation rate for men. When the data is broken down by racial or ethnic group, there are wide disparities in the graduation rates of women.

A New Way to Look at Gender Imbalance in Doctoral Degree Attainments

A New Way to Look at Gender Imbalance in Doctoral Degree Attainments

A new study from the American Institutes for Research looks at how many men and women earned doctoral degrees in a field compared to the number of men and women who earned bachelor’s degrees in that particular field.

The Gender Gap in Graduate School Enrollments and Degree Attainments

The Gender Gap in Graduate School Enrollments and Degree Attainments

Among the first-time graduate students in 2013, women were 57.1 percent of the total. Women earned 59.2 percent of all master’s degrees and 52.2 percent of all doctorate degrees. But men still hold a large lead in engineering, mathematics, and some sciences.

Updated Numbers on the Gender Gap in Higher Education Enrollments and Degree Attainments

Updated Numbers on the Gender Gap in Higher Education Enrollments and Degree Attainments

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education finds that women make up 57.2 percent of all enrollments in higher education, 59.9 percent of all graduate enrollments, and 61.2 percent of all students who earned degrees in the 2012-13 academic year.

The Gender Gap in Engineering Bachelor's Degrees Is Widening

The Gender Gap in Engineering Bachelor’s Degrees Is Widening

A report from the American Society for Engineering Education shows that in 2004 women earned 20.3 percent of all bachelor’s degree awarded in engineering. By 2012, the percentage had dropped to 18.9 percent.

Louisiana State University Is a Mecca for Women Chemists

Louisiana State University Is a Mecca for Women Chemists

From 2005 to 2009, 49 percent of all Ph.D.s awarded in chemistry at Louisiana State University were earned by women. This was the largest percentage of any of the top 50 university chemistry departments in the country.

The First Afghan Woman to Graduate From Yale

The First Afghan Woman to Graduate From Yale

Wazhma Sadat was five years old when the Taliban gained political control in Afghanistan. Her family fled to Pakistan so she and her sisters could continue to go to school. At age 8, Sadat began to weave carpets to help support her family.

The Importance of Faculty Role Models for Women Graduate Students in STEM Fields

The Importance of Faculty Role Models for Women Graduate Students in STEM Fields

A new study finds that universities in the United States that have a large percentage of women in faculty and administrative positions in STEM fields tended to have higher percentages of women among their master’s degree recipients in STEM disciplines.

Education Department Projects a Widening of the Gender Gap in Higher Education

Education Department Projects a Widening of the Gender Gap in Higher Education

By the fall of 2022, the Department of Education projects that there will be just over 14 million women in enrolled in higher education compared to about 9.8 million men. That year women will make up 59 percent of total enrollments.

The University of North Dakota's First Class of Doctor of Nursing Practice Students

The University of North Dakota’s First Class of Doctor of Nursing Practice Students

Seven women from the North Dakota, Minnesota, and Idaho are enrolled in the program that offers advanced practice nurses the opportunity to earn a terminal degree in clinical practice.

The Gender Gap in College Graduation Rates

The Gender Gap in College Graduation Rates

At publicly operated colleges and universities, 59.6 percent of women earned their bachelor’s degrees within six years from the same institution at which they enrolled in 2006 compared to 54.4 percent of men.

Five Women Are the First Doctoral Graduates of Georgia College & State University

Five Women Are the First Doctoral Graduates of Georgia College & State University

Last month, Carol Ann Boyer, Kay Brooks, Susan Copeland, Chioma Okereke, and Laurie Parkman earned the doctor of nursing practice degree from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. They are the first students to earn doctoral degrees at the institution.

Gender Differences in Time Span to Earn a Doctoral Degree

Gender Differences in Time Span to Earn a Doctoral Degree

For women who earned doctoral degrees in 2012, the average number of years that they spent from the time they graduated from college to the time they earned their doctorate was 9.4 years. For men the figure is 8.7 years.

Five Women Earn the First Doctorates in Nursing Practice at Mississippi University for Women

Five Women Earn the First Doctorates in Nursing Practice at Mississippi University for Women

The Mississippi University for women recently awarded its first doctoral degrees to five women in its doctorate of nursing practice degree program.

Women Athletes Outperform Male Athletes in College Graduation Rates

Women Athletes Outperform Male Athletes in College Graduation Rates

If we look at students on athletic scholarship at the universities with the largest athletic programs in the nation, 72 percent of women earn their degrees compared to 58 percent of men on athletic scholarship.