ERIC Number: ED196377
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Women's Enrollment in Higher Education: Is There an Information Gap?
Bob, Sharon H.
Enrollment patterns of women in higher education and factors that may contribute to these patterns are examined based on a review of the literature. Evidence is cited indicating that while women are attending colleges and universities in large numbers, they continue to study fields traditionally studied by women, and they continue to enroll in the types of institutions that traditionally have high concentrations of female students. It is suggested that institutional factors such as costs, provision of financial aid, or the availability of information that would assist students in making enrollment decisions may contribute to the variance in male and female enrollment rates. While financial aid has been increasingly available in the form of grants, loans, and work, evidence is cited that students are not receiving adequate information on costs and the availability of financial assistance. It is suggested that lack of valid financial aid information is a barrier to access to postsecondary education, and that if colleges and universities are serious about attracting females their promotional literature needs to appeal to the needs of both traditional and nontraditional women. (SW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Research Conference on Educational Environments and the Undergraduate Woman sponsored by the Center for Research on Women and Project HERS (Wellesley College, MA, September 1979).