- What college instructors need to know about male students to help them succeed.
“Helping Male College Students Succeed” is the title of chapter 12 in The Pedagogy of the 21st Century by William A. Draves and Julie Coates. This is a book worth reading. And this is a chapter on a subject demanding attention from college instructors and administrators.
Why Don’t Male College Students Graduate?
In the last half of the last century, many shared a common societal goal, which was to give women equal opportunity for a college education. Can anyone argue against this? I think not.
Draves and Coates point out that the problem has reversed; the pendulum has swung the other way so to speak. In 1960, they report that men represented only 40 percent of college graduates. However, since 1980, more women have graduated than men. Draves and Coates refer to the following facts:
- Males get worse grades than females in high school and college;
- male retention rates in college (59%) lag behind female rates (66%);
- males represent only 40 percent of college graduates; and
- young men in high school have lower expectations about graduating from college.
There is much conjecture over the causes. While Draves and Coates address common theories. to reasons, they more pragmatically address actions that just plain make sense.