Study finds boys' high school marks keeping them from entering university

September 21, 2009

A new MESA Project paper examining lower university participation rates among males in Canada suggest some young men are kept away from campuses because their high school grades aren't high enough to be accepted into university, and even hard work will not bring them to the level of their female peers. Using a mathematical model to examine what would happen if boys made the same effort to improve their grades, the report's author concludes that more effort would close about half of the gap in marks between girls and boys. If universities want to attract more male students, the paper suggest a couple of policy alternatives: motivate boys early in their school careers to do better, and either keep up the effort or lower admissions standards so they can get in. Ottawa Citizen | Read the report