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Women graduate UW schools at higher rate than men

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Graduation rates in the University of Wisconsin System are higher for women than men.

62 percent of females who entered UW schools in 2004 received bachelor's degrees by the end of last year. And only 58 percent of men graduated in that period.

Graduation rates throughout the 26 campus UW System are consistently higher for women -- and the same is true in other states.

That's got Mary Hendrix of Texas A&M concerned. She said women at her school are twice as likely to graduate than men, and she wonders what will happen if, "we lose these young men."

But the Appleton Post-Crescent says it's not an easy issue to resolve -- and some Wisconsin schools are more likely to cater to larger numbers of female students.

At UW-Green Bay, planning analyst Debbie Furlong said the largest programs -- including nursing and human development -- normally enroll at least 70 percent women.

53 percent of the UW's current students are women, and 47 percent men.

Experts say one possible reason is that more men leave college early to take jobs or join the military.

Officials say at Fox Valley Technical College say it's especially true at their institution, where many students have enrolled after losing jobs to the Great Recession.

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