Education & Education Reform

While women have made enormous strides in higher education, progress has been uneven. Women now receive a majority of undergraduate degrees but disparities remain, particularly at graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral levels. Colleges and universities still reflect inequities based on race, ability, geography and income. And more efforts must focus on advancing women and women of color into tenured and leadership positions with institutions of higher learning.

There is growing concern about the rising cost of higher education and how to improve quality and access. The financial crisis of 2008-09 has shrunk many endowment funds and reduced the number of scholarships available as well as making state and community colleges more competitive and less accessible. The effects of corporatization on college campuses are also a source of concern for the quality and independence of scholarship, including for women’s studies and other inter-disciplinary programs.

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By Quailan Pantin, Programs Intern                              ...
Pew Research Center released a report in May 2013 titled, Record Share of New Mothers are College Educated.  The report explored changing...
Since 1960, when women only accounted for 39 percent of the undergraduate population, women’s relative numbers in college have steadily...

News

  • April 25, 2011

    The New York Times discovered that many American universities are using deceptive tactics to appear more to be offering women's sports to more participants than they actually are.  This includes offering spots to women who do not actually compete...


  • December 16, 2010

    New Jersey Institute of Technology: A new project funded by the National Science Foundation used social network mapping to expose collaborations between colleagues and how or whether this led to career advancement. Researchers concluded that women...


  • September 26, 2010

    Republic: A dual degree program between the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary's College has increased the  percentage of women in the College of Engineering from 22 percent to 30 percent.  In addition to more targeted recruitment, the...


  • September 6, 2010

    ABC News:  One in four college women--will be the victim or rape or attempted rape before they graduate.   Victims often face additional injustice according to a report from The Center for Public Integrity which found "students...


  • July 18, 2010

    CBS: Authorities in  Syria have banned the wearing of the niqab, a face covering veil worn by some Muslim women in public universities.  The ban is an attempt by the government to discourage Islam and has forced over 1000 female teachers who...