Jackson talks with Wall Street Journal about widening college gap for men

The Wall Street Journal utilized the expertise of UW–Madison’s Jerlando Jackson for an article that is titled, “A Generation of American Men Give Up on College: ‘I Just Feel Lost.’”


Jackson holds UW–Madison’s Rupple-Bascom Professorship in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He is also chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and the director and research scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB).

The article highlights a widening education gap in the U.S. between men and women. Utilizing data from the National Student Clearinghouse, it notes that at the close of the 2020-21 academic year, women made up 59.5 percent of college students, an all-time high, and men only 40.5 percent.

Jackson told the Wall Street Journal that young men get little help in college, in part, because schools are focused on encouraging historically underrepresented students. He said that few campuses are willing to spend limited funds on male underachievement, as this would risk criticism for assisting those who have historically held the biggest educational advantages.

“As a country, we don’t have the tools yet to help white men who find themselves needing help,” Jackson said. “To be in a time when there are groups of white men that are falling through the cracks, it’s hard.”

Read the full article at wsj.com.