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A new study says enrollment of men will continue to drop. Here are four ways your school can bring the numbers back up.
By 2019, women will account for 59% of total undergraduate enrollment, and 61% of post-graduate enrollment, according to a recent report from the National Center for Education Statistics.
As admissions departments search for ways to improve male enrollment numbers, schools can use these four strategies outlined by W. Kent Barnds, vice president for enrollment at Augustana College:
Inspect academic offerings. Schools can look at data on career choices and see where numbers are higher for men, then cater academic programming toward that career.
Offer early hands-on experiences. Male students often learn by doing, and seeing what they do matters, especially in at the early high school level.
Inspire them. Provide one-on-one attention from mentors – a recent graduate, for instance – early in the recruitment process.
Focus on results. Males are more interested in tangible outcomes like how a school can help them reach their career goals, rather than recruiters’ usual selling points, such as small classes or faculty interaction.
How is your school working to boost male enrollment? Let us know in the comments.
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