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Wednesday, 17 November, 1999, 12:21 GMT
College 'is not cool'
Women outnumber men in the student population

Men in the United States are being put off going to college, because sports stars and internet tycoons make them feel it's not "cool", according to research.

Researchers from the US Education Department say that seeing the success of prominent sports personalities and internet businessmen, such as Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who do not have degrees, discourages potential male students from trying to graduate themselves.

And they predict that the fall in numbers of men attending college is set to continue through the next decade.

Traditionally, more men than women attended US colleges, but the numbers of male and female students were equal in 1983. Now men are in the minority on college campuses.

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Figures show that in 1996, about 642,300 bachelor's degrees were achieved by women, compared with less than 522,500 earned by men.

Researchers predict that by 2008, when men will make up 51% of the US population, they will account for only about 42% of college students.

Other reasons for the decline include the falling presence of educated adult males in young men's lives, single parenthood, and high numbers of female teachers in schools, the experts say.

Researcher Thomas Mortenson said: "Little boys don't see much of adult males, either at school or in their family life."

At a conference to discuss the issue, Linda Burnell Shade, chancellor of the University of Colorado, said the lure of high salaries, such as those offered by hi-tech firms, were "bleeding" her university of male students.

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