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Gender Unbalanced: U.S. Civil Rights Commission investigates possible discrimination among admissions gender balance
Alex Morales
Antelope Staff

The U.S. Civil Rights Commission is investigating college admissions across the country to find out if admissions departments are discriminating in favor of males to achieve gender balance.

In recent years low male enrollments in public and private universities has led to a gender gap.

According to data from the Postsecondary Education Opportunity, for every 100 women enrolled in college, there are only 77 men. For every 100 women who graduate with a bachelor’s degree, only 73 men achieve the same.

According to UNK Factbook there are currently 3,574 females enrolled compared to 2,896 males. This gender gap has been consistent in recent years.

Admissions counselor Josh Pierce believes that the gender gap is caused by natural tendencies in males and females. “Guys and girls seek two different things. Women know it is better to seek an education. Guys tend to assume they already know everything,” he said.

At the heart of the discussion is Title IX which was mainly designed to ban sex discrimination in athletics at the high school and collegiate levels. Since its introduction, Title IX has been widely credited with increasing female participation in collegiate sports and therefore boosting female enrollment. Title IX experts claim that the apparent favoring of males is a sneak attack on an important law.

Junior Megan Becker, an advertising major from Beaver City is part of the women’s basketball team. As a student athlete she feels the playing field should be equal for everyone. “I am fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue an education and play a sport I love. I think it is a freedom everyone should have. It shouldn’t be a freedom granted more to either females or males,” she said.

On the other side of the spectrum, senior Travis Schott, a public relations major from Ft. Collins, Colo. does not assume to have a grasp on all knowledge. Schott, a non-traditional student returned for higher education after successfully owning two businesses. “My decision was a professional one. I did it to obtain my degree and pursue a graduate degree that I know will better prepare me for my chosen vocation,” he said.

Is it true that in general females are more driven to higher education goals and males are now less motivated to achieve higher education? The figures seem to indicate that is true.

Whether there has been discrimination against women in order to narrow down the gender gap is yet to be seen. Regardless, the tendencies of males and females are up for debate along with the tendency of college admissions to have a gender balanced enrollment.

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