Here are three reports you should know about this month.
- Women are outperforming men in educational attainment, but they are still making less than men in general and in specific jobs, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Though 61 percent of associate degrees are earned by women, they still earn just 81 cents for every dollar earned by men. Women with the same college majors working the same careers as men earn only 92 cents for every dollar earned by men. The median male associate-degree holder earns $56,000 annually, 43 percent more than the median annual income of $39,000 that women with the same degree earn, according to the report.
- At California’s public colleges and universities, racial and gender diversity among leaders and faculty doesn’t reflect the diversity of their students, especially among Latinos, according to the Campaign for College Opportunity’s new report. Among California’s 114 community colleges, Latinx comprise 44 percent of the student body, yet 17 percent of senior leaders, about 15 percent of faculty and 14 percent of academic senators are Latinx. Conversely, whites make up 27 percent of community college enrollments in the state, but make up 59 percent of senior leaders. In addition, whites comprise about 60 percent of tenured and non-tenured faculty at the colleges. Though African-American leadership among California community colleges is proportional to African-American student enrollment, only 3,200 (5 percent) of the nearly 60,000 tenured and non-tenured faculty members are African-American.
- The majority of early childhood degree programs are at two-year institutions. It Takes a Community: Leveraging Community Colleges to Transform the Early Childhood Workforce looks at the critical role community colleges currently play in preparing these early childhood educators, and role these institutions should play in transforming the early childhood workforce. The report also provides examples of what some community colleges are doing to help students succeed in early childhood degree programs.