Boys get to University

"Let's make sure boys get to university" by Stephen T. Easton

Since, according to the study by Dr. Easton, female students outnumber male students 120 to 100, "[t]his may be a boon for the social lives of the young men". Ha! I must have been the exception to the rule.

See also "Women outnumber men by 20% on campus: study" by Sarah Schmidt. Apparently the info is part of a larger study on the effects of university educations on the economy. "The contributions of university graduates to the economy, as measured by the incomes they earn, more than justify the investments made in their education, said David Laidler, the book's editor and an economist at the University of Western Ontario."

That's not exactly news to me though. A while ago I read "Paying for University Education in B.C." [pdf] by Robert C. Allen, a UBC economist. For those that don't already know, the government (federal, provincial, territorial) subsidizes university tuition. In the essay, Allen argues that students will eventually pay the full cost of their university education because of the higher taxes they pay due to the higher salaries they earn as university graduates, and that the eventual economic growth as a whole makes short term investments in university students "worth it". (See also his "The Employability of University Graduates in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education: Recent Statistical Evidence" [pdf])

Of course, the study was released by the C.D. Howe Institute, a notoriously conservative think tank, and the results reported in the notoriously conservative National Post, so not exactly free from bias.