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, affirmativeaction laws, and consciousness raising—are women in collegefaring better today?

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

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

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

health, political and social attitudes, and satisfaction withcollege.

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

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

Sax generates new research questions to provide insights intohow 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 ofwomen faculty, academic engagement, academic self-confidence,health and well-being, impact of diversity programming, and careersand majors.

… A must read for researchers, practitioners, faculty, andstudents.”

 —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 (EmilyArms 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 Gapfor Campus Practice and Future Research.

Appendix A: Review of Research on Separate-Gender CollegeEffects.

Appendix B: Analytical Approach Used for Separate-GenderRegressions.

Appendix C: Changes in the Gender Gap during College.

Appendix D: Squared Multiple Correlations, by Gender.



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