September 18, 2021

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Will gender affirmative action fail woken universities?

Women now make up a growing percentage of the student body across America, driven in part by “wake up” enrollment policies aimed at improving gender equality. Data from the National Student Clearinghouse shows that female students accounted for 59.5 percent of all university and college enrollments in the spring of 2021, compared to just 40.5 percent of men.

Jennifer Delahunty, a college enrollment consultant, told the Wall Street Journal that efforts to restore balance have become “the dirty little secret of higher education” to reverse the recent affirmative action programs that have fostered women. However, even as student bodies become more and more feminine, colleges are afraid to support male students for fear of falling into conflict with gender politics.

See the summary data of this report below.

According to the Daily Mail, some admissions experts express concern about the long-term impact of this trend on the male population, as college graduates can expect to earn more than $ 1 million more than those with a high school diploma. higher during the course of their working life.

So this leads to some questions related to the shape of our society and this trend data.

  1. Will men settle for sitting down, earning less, having female bosses, or better yet, letting the woman do all the work at home and in the workplace while becoming a couch potato by playing online games all day? OR …
  2. As these recent data imply, men will leave universities to “Do something else,”Leaving college life as a woman only thing.

With a more disproportionate number of women attending colleges, it would be quite normal for colleges to start dealing with more things that interest women – they are their clients, after all. Women tend to be more sociable and empathetic than men. So courses and degrees that address this would make sense, even if, at the same time, the college prepares people to work in our society and economy. Could this explain part of the rise of the “awakened” environment we see today?

One idea women can work in is ESG. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria are a set of standards for a company’s operations that socially aware investors use to screen potential investments. Environmental criteria consider how a company behaves as a guardian of nature. The social criteria examine how it manages relationships with employees, suppliers, customers and the communities in which it operates. Governance deals with a company’s leadership, executive compensation, audits, internal controls, and shareholder rights.

ESG sounds really “oowie and chewy” to women – very “woken up”.

Companies respond with stocks such as: PwC plans to hire 100,000 people and invest $ 12 billion in major ESG rebranding. The big 4 companies (PwC, Deloitte, EY and KPMG) are raising sustainability issues within long-standing practices, such as in their auditing and insurance businesses. Sources say ESG is given “more prominence within their businesses”. Ultimately, the pressure for change comes from regulators. As regulators in Europe and the United States discuss standardizing ESG disclosures similar to international accounting rules agreed decades ago, the company believes all PwC staff need “a basic understanding” of ESG, according to US President Tim Ryan. Wow, a lot of jobs, but keep in mind that this market is mostly government induced.


But at the end of the day, companies aim to make products and services that people really want. Do you really want to pay for a 6-pack of ESG at the supermarket? Putting an ESG tax on products will raise prices by launching thousands of ESG programs and consultants that sound a bit scam.

As a result, the “wake up – the king has no clothes” moments are occurring. Bloomberg reports that the SEC has initiated another investigation to try to ascertain how much of the $ 35 trillion ESG industry is stocked with “dubious” funds that sell assets with little or nothing to qualify as “green.” The SEC asked money managers to explain the standards they use to classify funds as ESG-focused.

Of course, “awakened” businesses aren’t just for women. Men will participate at least on the fringes. What about those men who are “Do something else.“Many choose to go directly into the professions and / or start their own businesses. Men are typically involved in more start-ups than women. Check out this list of CEOs who aren’t college graduates and note the gender demographics, mostly men. Perhaps the idea of ​​earning more with a degree, after deducting the costs, may not be the ticket to a good financial future as was once thought.

Universities and colleges are also businesses. If they produce a lot of graduate people who are not useful in business, they may lose relevance and future enrollment revenue. Therefore, they may have to rethink some of their affirmative action policies, as well as the degree programs they produce.

The National Association of Scholars recently released a report by Neetu Arnold, “Priced Out: What College Costs America,” which notes, among other things, that a college degree is now prohibitive for many Americans, who have turned to the federal government for subsidize their education. According to Arnold, college costs are not directly related to students or education, but rather primarily to professional administration to comply with the growing number of “woken up” federal regulations and accreditation reporting requirements.

Universities and colleges that fail or refuse to adapt and evolve could face a bleak future. Or worse, no future.

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