Monday, September 26, 2005
Roger Simon had a post yesterday concerning the fact that women now outnumber men at colleges and universities by a significant margin. He later appended an observation concerning the fact that women are matriculating at some medical schools in numbers equal to or higher than men. When ever I see such an assertion I tend to look for underlying data that supports or weakens the assertion. Wrt med school I found this concerning application/matriculation information.

My query regards the availability of a single source for information concerning application/matriculation/graduation accross the full spectrum of higher eduction. Affirmative action was first promulgated per an executive order by LBJ in 1965. After forty years of contentious effort it seems that there should be some type of longitudinal study that records the efficacy of affirmative action policy. The Title IX policy appears to be functioning wrt to women and the medical profession (although graduation/licensing information is difficult to find).

I'm hoping that a reader or contributor here might know of a longitudinal study such as the one described. If one does not exist, one might wonder why not. It's not as if it's a minor policy with little cost or societal impact.


Knucklehead said...


I suspect you'd need to have access to non-public sources. I have no knowledge of HEDS (Higher Education Data Sharing). As far as I can tell their data is for "members" only.

Another "members only" source that might have this sort of data is the Chronical of Higher Education.

I haven't time to figure out what SOAR/SHEEO is all about, but they certainly have "longitudinal" in some study titles.

sreb.org has some stuff but a quick perusal doesn't suggest it would have what your looking for but, as always, YMMV.

Here's some more stuff that at least lists web sources. Can't say if any are publicly available.

I know that didn't help much. Sorry.

Knucklehead said...


Perhaps this NCES site has some useful data.

flenser said...

I have been overwhelmed at work for the last few days, so no chance to post anything. I see that Jamie Irons has joined us. Welcome aboard, Jamie!

Rick Ballard said...

Thanks, Knuck. The NCES site has most of what I was looking for.