September 25, 2010


The gender gap among college undergraduates is nothing new. But at the College of Charleston, the gap is looking like more of a chasm.

With a gender ratio of about two to one – approximately 34 percent of students are male and 66 percent are female – the college is an outlier. But that ratio is not too far out of the ordinary for Charleston, say officials, who aren’t fretting too much over the gap.

“I think we would like to see more male presence, but on the flip side of that, we are very strong academically,” said Donald C. Burkard, associate vice president for admissions and enrollment planning at Charleston. “Percentages don’t always tell the story.”

It’s only a diversity problem if the gap goes the other way. Duh. Here are some thoughts on the subject I had a while back.

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