As part our College Q & A guide, we decided to ask your questions to the the experts. Here are their answers.
Patricia Krahnke, President/Partner, Global College Search Associates, LLC
Short Answer: I’ve rarely seen gender bias in admissions. But once a student is on campus, one sees gender bias (and discrimination) all over the place – in the classroom, in the residence halls, in athletics, in the staff, in the administration, in student activities. Detailed Answer: Every institution has occasional instances of gender bias and abuse. What you want to know is, How pervasive is it? If you want to know if a college supports an environment of gender equality (whether it’s male/female, LGBT, etc.), look carefully at the following: Pay close attention to the attitude that is promoted during discussions about the first-year, including orientation and registration programs. Ask how the orientation program supports gender sensitivity and equality. Ask what the judicial mechanisms are for reporting incidents of gender bias or harassment. If they tell you they have a Tunnel of Oppression or some other gender and ethnic abuse game in which they require students to participate (as one college in New England had), you should consider this a warning sign. In this case, the college is more interested in appearing to promote tolerance than they are in protecting the recognized or unrecognized emotional and psychological traumas of its incoming students, young people about whom they truly know very little.
Inside Track To College, Inc.
Looking for a Few Good Men? I don’t think I would call in gender bias, but Colleges and Universities across the country do try to “strike a balance” in the percentage of men and women on their campuses. The National trends of males to females on college campuses has become very unbalanced. It is not unusual for colleges to quote ratios of 60% women to 40% men on campus. Why should this matter, you might ask? Gender balance in an environment like a college campus that is a 24/7, four-year learning experience is thought to enhance the educational as well as the social experiences of students on campus. The concern that men are not accessing higher education at the same rate that women are has now become the object of research and initiatives to attract more men to college campuses. The obvious question for women becomes: “Will my grades and test scores need to be higher than my male counterpart to get into the same college?” Women, there’s a great question to ask during that college visit.
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