The Gender Gap in College: Maximizing the Developmental Potential of Women and Men / Edition 1

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The Gender Gap in College

After four generations of legislation efforts, affirmative action laws, and consciousness raising—are women in college faring better today?

The Gender Gap in College is a pioneering book that reveals the ways in which the effect of college is a function of a student's gender and places the study of college impact within the larger discussion of the gender gap in higher education. The book is designed to serve as a resource for student affairs professionals, academic affairs personnel, and other campus practitioners and policy makers who are most concerned with ways in which "college impact" varies for different types of students.

Drawing on data from a sample of approximately 17,000 male and female students that represent 200 institutions, The Gender Gap in College examines the impact of college experiences, peer groups, and faculty on a comprehensive array of student outcomes. Author Linda Sax's approach is unique because she directly examines the interaction between gender and a variety of college experiences, a major inquiry which addresses the fundamental "individualization" question: do women and men respond differently to a given educational experience?

The areas covered in the book include academic achievement, self-concept, life goals, career development, physical and emotional

health, political and social attitudes, and satisfaction with college.

Remarkably, more than half of the 584 different "college effects" that are identified in the book are proven to be not the same for women and men. The Gender Gap in College makes it clear that we can no longer assume that women and men are affected in the same way by the undergraduate experience. This remarkable book points the way for more research on the topic for fuller understanding of women's and men's college experiences.

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“Sax is the first to examine the issue of gender difference in college in a systemic, comprehensive fashion. Her purpose is to analyze whether college impacts gender differences.

Sax generates new research questions to provide insights into how the college-going experience for men and women can be improved. She offers implications concerning financial circumstances, connection to family, student-faculty interactions, the presence of women faculty, academic engagement, academic self-confidence, health and well-being, impact of diversity programming, and careers and majors.

… A must read for researchers, practitioners, faculty, and students.”

 —Choice Magazine, Vol. 46, No. 11 (August 2009)

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Meet the Author

Linda J. Sax is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, where she serves as founding faculty director of the master's program in student affairs.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables.


About the Author.

1. Introduction.

2. Gender Differences among Entering College Students (Emily Arms and Casey Eznekier).

3. Gender and College Student Development (Alyssa N. Bryant).

4. Approaches to Studying Gender and College Impact.

5. Personality and Identity.

6. Political and Social Values.

7. Academic Outcomes.

8. Where Should We Go from Here? Implications of the Gender Gap for Campus Practice and Future Research.

Appendix A: Review of Research on Separate-Gender College Effects.

Appendix B: Analytical Approach Used for Separate-Gender Regressions.

Appendix C: Changes in the Gender Gap during College.

Appendix D: Squared Multiple Correlations, by Gender.



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