Rasmussen College graduation ceremony skews feminine

Career College Central Summary:

  • About 50 graduates of Rasmussen College participated in the Wausau campus's commencement ceremony Saturday morning, and the most striking feature of the event was its chromosomal makeup. Scarcely a Y was in the bunch; just a handful of men participated, mirroring a local and national trend.
  • The private, for-profit educational institution's graduation ceremony was held in the theater of the UW Center for Civic Engagement.
  • It was the seventh commencement offered through Wausau's Rasmussen campus, which opened in January of 2010.
  • Several factors could explain why the male-female ratio of graduates was so strikingly lopsided, said Sue Williams, the campus director.
  • The flexibility of the Rasmussen curriculum, with plenty of online classes, appeals to those who are both parenting and working.
  • More than half of the graduates earned various degrees from the medical field, such as nursing, Williams said.
  • Nearly 75 percent of all students on the campus are women, she said.And it's also in line with a national trend.
  • "The male-female ratio in higher education has been steadily (moving) in favor of the females ever since the 1970s," wrote Daniel Borzelleca in a 2012 blog post for Forbes magazine.
  • The national male-to-female ratio for public universities in 2008 was 43.6 percent to 56.4 percent. But private schools have a 40.7 to 59.3 ratio.

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