Women doing OK but men lagging behind

Women doing OK but men lagging behind |  John Ross | The Australian Higher Education | 13  July, 2011

WOMEN have all but met the federal government’s higher education attainment goals, but the overall population can’t reach the target unless men’s participation rates improve drastically, according to a Sydney higher education researcher. International education consultant Alan Olsen said about 603,000 domestic female students had obtained higher education qualifications between 2000 and 2009, almost 50 per cent more than the 404,000 completions by their male counterparts. His 10-year analysis, which tallied domestic completions against the corresponding population of 25 to 34-year-olds, revealed a 39.1 per cent attainment rate among women.

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