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

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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.

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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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Praise for The Gender Gap in College

"Linda Sax has produced an encyclopedic volume comparing women's and men's development during the undergraduate years. We believe it is destined to become a classic in the higher education literature."
—From the Foreword by Alexander W. Astin and Helen S. Astin

"Using findings from an important national data set, Linda Sax has skillfully crafted a definitive work about the gender gap in college. It is a major scholarly achievement that will be influential for many years to come."
—Ernest Pascarella, Petersen Professor of Higher Education, University of Iowa

"Linda Sax has produced a meticulously researched, carefully documented analysis that identifies many ways that college impacts men and women differently. This book will be an invaluable resource to researchers and practitioners seeking to better understand and serve traditional-age students at four-year colleges and universities."
—Jacqueline E. King, assistant vice president, Center for Policy Analysis, American Council on Education

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