This second supplement to WICHE's 9th edition of Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates (Dec. 2016) incorporates a new WICHE Insights report Impact and Implications: Projections of Male and Female High School Graduates, detailed projections of male and female high school graduates for the nation, region and the states, and an interactive chart dashboard.
The main Knocking at the College Door report illuminated many trends with critical impacts for colleges, universities and policymakers. These data about male and female high school graduates enable deeper insights about the differing demography and outcomes of males and females, including:
Though there are more males than females under age 19, fewer males graduate high school and pursue postsecondary education.
The lag in male educational attainment is more pronounced among Black and Hispanic students than the other large racial/ethnic groups. Since the Hispanic population is growing faster than the majority White population, this lag has implications for colleges, workforce, income prosperity, and families, especially in the South and West where Hispanic populations are prevalent.
After decades of constant increases, the numbers of high school graduates—male and female—are projected to begin declining (in the mid-2020s). Policymakers and educators must work to increase graduation rates and overall educational attainment, particularly for males and minorities, and address occupational and pay disparities that many working females encounter despite higher educational attainment.