Pay (Tuition) or Get Paid: Higher Education and Young Men's Decisions about Life after High School

Emily Nichols, Gonzaga University

Abstract

Only 40% of college students today are men, and this number is continuously decreasing. There are many factors that may be contributing to the decrease in men choosing college over alternative post-high school decisions. There is evidence that the increase in tuition has a larger effect on men’s decisions to attend college than it has for women. Masculinity also plays a large role in men’s decision to attend college as well as their experience in high school in the home and in the classroom. My research will expand on the current literature because I will be interviewing men on how they rationalized their decision to attend college or to not attend college. I am interviewing men using the snowball method. I’m finding men in the Spokane area that are not attending college and interviewing men attending Gonzaga University.

 
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Pay (Tuition) or Get Paid: Higher Education and Young Men's Decisions about Life after High School

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Only 40% of college students today are men, and this number is continuously decreasing. There are many factors that may be contributing to the decrease in men choosing college over alternative post-high school decisions. There is evidence that the increase in tuition has a larger effect on men’s decisions to attend college than it has for women. Masculinity also plays a large role in men’s decision to attend college as well as their experience in high school in the home and in the classroom. My research will expand on the current literature because I will be interviewing men on how they rationalized their decision to attend college or to not attend college. I am interviewing men using the snowball method. I’m finding men in the Spokane area that are not attending college and interviewing men attending Gonzaga University.