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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.

The Wide Gender Gap in Doctoral Degree Awards in Specific Disciplines

The Wide Gender Gap in Doctoral Degree Awards in Specific Disciplines

Women earned 70.2 percent of all doctorates in the health sciences and 68.7 percent of all doctorates in education but only 28.5 percent of all doctorates in the physical sciences and 22.5 percent of all doctorates in engineering.

UCLA Study Examines Factors Contributing to the Educational Success of Latinas

UCLA Study Examines Factors Contributing to the Educational Success of Latinas

Latinas who had teachers and school counselors of their own ethnic group and those who are involved in extracurricular activities at school tend to do better academically. Other factors that led to educational success were strong parental involvement and being bilingual.

Doctoral Degrees to Women Reached an All-Time High in 2012

Doctoral Degrees to Women Reached an All-Time High in 2012

Women have made impressive gains over the past decade in doctoral degree attainments in STEM fields such as computer and information science (up 127.5%), physics and astronomy (up 120.7%), engineering (up 110.6%), and mathematics (up 81.5%).

The First Woman to Receive a Ph.D. From Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

The First Woman to Receive a Ph.D. From Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

In 2010, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, enrolled its first doctoral students. This month eight students will become the first doctoral degree recipients from the university. One of the eight students receiving a Ph.D. is a woman.

Women Are Graduating From College at a Higher Rate Than Men

Women Are Graduating From College at a Higher Rate Than Men

The graduation rate for all women at the nation’s largest universities that participate in the NCAA’s Division I in 2013 was 65 percent. This is four percentage points higher than the rate for men. The gender gap is considerably larger for student athletes.

The Gender Gap in Graduate School Enrollments and Degree Attainments

The Gender Gap in Graduate School Enrollments and Degree Attainments

In the fall of 2012 there were 1,016,115 women enrolled in U.S. graduate programs. They made up 58.5 percent of all students in graduate programs. In the 2011-12 academic year, women earned nearly 60 percent of all master’s degrees and 52.2 percent of all doctorates awarded at U.S. universities.

Salem College to Offer Three New Degree Programs

Salem College to Offer Three New Degree Programs

Salem College, a liberal arts college for women in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has announced that it will offer three new degree programs this fall. Students at Salem College will now be able to major in political science, biochemistry, or design.

Measuring the Gender Gap in American Higher Education

Measuring the Gender Gap in American Higher Education

During the 2011-12 academic year, preliminary Department of Education statistics show women making up 57.4 percent of all students enrolled in degree-granting institution and 58.1 percent of all students who earned degrees at these institutions.

Twin Sisters Earn Doctorates at the University of Utah

Twin Sisters Earn Doctorates at the University of Utah

The twins completed doctorates in communication will now devote their time to furthering the mission of their foundation Beauty Redefined which seeks to replace society’s idea of beauty with a more balanced approach to physical and mental wellness.

New Data on the Gender Gap in Degree Attainments

New Data on the Gender Gap in Degree Attainments

The data shows that women received 1,760,657 degrees from four-year institutions. This was 58.1 percent of all degrees earned at these institutions. At two-year colleges, women received 430,102 degrees. This was 61.2 percent of all two-year degrees.

Rebecca LeFebvre Is the First Ph.D. Graduate at Kennesaw State University in Georgia

Rebecca LeFebvre Is the First Ph.D. Graduate at Kennesaw State University in Georgia

LeFebvre completed her doctoral program in three years. Previously, she was vice president for product development at New Distribution Network in Atlanta. This fall she will become a full-time faculty member at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia.

Medical Schools With the Highest and Lowest Percentages of Women Graduates

Medical Schools With the Highest and Lowest Percentages of Women Graduates

There were four medical schools in the United States in 2011 where women were more than 60 percent of the graduating class. There were three medical schools where, in 2011, women were less than one third of all graduates.

Study Finds That Student Loans Are More Important for College Women Than Men

Study Finds That Student Loans Are More Important for College Women Than Men

The study by researchers at Ohio State University and Pacific Lutheran University found that at a certain level – which was $2,000 lower for men than women – debt had diminishing returns on whether or not the student would finish college.

Women Have Almost Closed the Gender Gap in Degree Attainments

Women Have Almost Closed the Gender Gap in Degree Attainments

While in recent years, women have reached or surpassed equality in new degree attainments, the large lead among older men in degree attainments compared to older women gives men a slight overall lead among all living Americans over the age of 25.

Gender Gap in Enrollments in Higher Education Projected to Widen

Gender Gap in Enrollments in Higher Education Projected to Widen

Despite a lower rate of growth, Women are expected to increase their enrollments at a rate higher than men and the growth in women degree earners at all levels is expected to outpace the increases for men.

Teenage Woman Enters Civil Engineering Doctoral Program at Arizona State

Teenage Woman Enters Civil Engineering Doctoral Program at Arizona State

Lauren McBurnett, who is afflicted with dyslexia, recently graduated from Arizona State with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. The 18-year-old is now beginning her doctoral studies at the university.

Wide Gender Disparities in Doctoral Degree Awards in Specific Disciplines

Wide Gender Disparities in Doctoral Degree Awards in Specific Disciplines

In 2011, men earned far more doctoral degrees in fields such as computer science, mathematics, physics, and engineering. Women outperformed men in doctoral degree awards in education, psychology, the social sciences, and the humanities.

A Slowdown in the Closing of the Gender Gap in Doctoral Degree Awards

A Slowdown in the Closing of the Gender Gap in Doctoral Degree Awards

From 1981 to 2009 women made remarkable gains in closing the gender gap in doctoral degree awards. But in recent years, that progress has not continued.