Gender Biases in the Collegiate Education System

Business Education & Accreditation, v. 11(1) p. 19-27, 2019

9 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2020

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Daniel Boylan

Purdue University, Fort Wayne

Kathleen Wendling

Widener University - Widener University School of Law

Rachael Hanak

Widener University

Richard Goeke

Widener University

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

Recently, societal norms have been changing as younger generations have started to break gender stereotypes. Because of these new social norms, a whole new world of opportunity has opened for women. This includes attending college or working in the business world. Women have enrolled in college, entered the workforce, and are working to improve life. With male and female population being both roughly 50%, there should be a correlation of male and female college acceptance rates. This study focused on the percent of females applying for college and their acceptance rates versus that of males. The results show, every year, the average percentage of female applicants accepted is higher than the average percentage of male applicants accepted. For five of the ten years followed, the chance the difference in the means watched is because of chance is too small, meaning there is a greater likelihood the difference is because of there being real differences between male and female applicants. The next steps would be to research further into the data and considering just studying the trends in two- and four-year schools only. Another interesting finding to look further into is why there is a negative correlation for the academic year variable with the percent of female and male applicants are accepted.

Keywords: Gender, Education, SAT, College, Master's, Graduate, GPA

JEL Classification: J24, I23, J16, J24, I21

Suggested Citation

Boylan, Daniel and Wendling, Kathleen and Hanak, Rachael and Goeke, Richard, Gender Biases in the Collegiate Education System (2019). Business Education & Accreditation, v. 11(1) p. 19-27, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3460700

Daniel Boylan (Contact Author)

Purdue University, Fort Wayne ( email )

Kathleen Wendling

Widener University - Widener University School of Law ( email )

4601 Concord Pike
P.O. Box 7286
Wilmington, DE 19803-0474
United States

Rachael Hanak

Widener University ( email )

3800 Vartan Way
PO Box 69381
Harrisburg, PA 17106-9381
United States

Richard Goeke

Widener University ( email )

3800 Vartan Way
PO Box 69381
Harrisburg, PA 17106-9381
United States

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