Monday, December 28, 2009

Men shortage on campus

An issue I'm very concerned about. Especially when it comes to black males in college. I'm a rare breed because I finally got my degree, but it took me some time to complete it.
College admissions directors curious about the experience of touching a third rail can review what happened when the president of the University of Alberta suggested that Canadian males, including white males, needed a helping hand.

She got fried ... by her own students.

Last month, President Indira Samarasekera pointed to the preponderance of women in higher education in Canada (three female undergraduates for every two males) and suggested that perhaps males could need some extra attention. "We’ll wake up in 20 years and we will not have the benefit of enough male talent," said Samarasekera, a metallurgical engineer originally from Sri Lanka. “I’m going to be an advocate for young white men, because I can be,” she added, pointing to her Nixon-to-China status as a minority woman advocating for men.

A fair number of her students were not happy. Within 24 hours the campus was awash with posters poking fun at the notion of women taking over higher education. “Women are attacking campus,” read one. “Only white men can save our university! Stop the femimenace.”

Humorous, perhaps, but here’s why this is not funny to college officials in the United States: currently, the University of Alberta grants no admissions preferences to men – unlike scores, perhaps even hundreds, of colleges in the United States that for years have been turning down women for less qualified men.The preferences many colleges give to men are far less formal and less debated than those that help minority applicants, or women applying to some programs. But many, many admissions offices routinely look at male applicants’ test scores and grades with lower expectations than they have when viewing those of female applicants.

What happened to President Samarasekera is just a taste of what’s in store for these colleges when thousands of female high school students and their parents discover that the college of their dreams is a farther reach for them than for the slacker boy next door.
This story is deep!!!

I wasn't well prepared for college, but I made it. I wanted to make it. I went from community college to Morehouse. So can anyone else who wants a college degree.

One way to solve this problem is to have schools for male-students. For many this could be a problem because some guys express their misgivings about Morehouse (is not only historically Black, but also one of the few male universities in the nation). They have misgivings about attending a non-coed college although there are women around. There's an all-girl school across the street in addition to a coed school.

Of course I know there are other issues involved here. Perhaps the guys want to play sports, especially those other than football or basketball and find those programs cut because universities want to provide sports programs for the women. There are certainly ways to put a clamp on this problem.

At least this article addresses another solution to this problem:
And in all honesty, until K-12 educators can "fix" the boy troubles, which arise in the very early grades, men need that extra help getting into college.
So why are our boys in elementary and high school having issues in their studies during that time period? I want to see some studies on that. Hopefully you'll see them here in the near future!

Via Newsalert!

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