At the last board meeting of the Northern Wyoming Community College District, the VP of Academic Affairs presented some striking figures about a gender gap in learning at both Sheridan and Gillette Colleges. But as Sheridan Media's Chris Foy reports, the difference was larger in a particular field of study.
We reported last week that the Northern Wyoming Community College District has found, as a result of a two-year-long study, there is a statistically significant gender gap in student learning between male and female students. But the gap in mathematics is wider than other fields of study, with women demonstrating more understanding of course material than men based on faculty assessments.
Vice President of Academic Affairs, Jon Connolly, explains.
He says in the spring semester of 2012, the gender gap in mathematics based on the student learning assessment was present – but not quite statistically significant. But this learning gap is not confined just to northeastern Wyoming. Across the country, many people are studying this difference in academic success between both sexes.
Connolly says it is a national concern and he hopes the results of the study at Sheridan and Gillette Colleges will point out opportunities on where - and how - to fix the gender gap.