New find­ings by Northeastern’s Center for Labor Market Studies show that while more city high school grad­u­ates are enrolling in two– and four-​​year col­leges, females are out­pacing males in the suc­cessful com­ple­tion of high school and enroll­ment in college.

The research paper, pre­pared by the Center’s director Andrew Sum found that while col­lege atten­dance overall was increasing—78 per­cent of the city’s 3,300 high school 2007 grads enrolled in col­lege, up 9 per­cent over the class of 2000—the gender gap is also widening.

While both male and females enrolled in col­lege at high rates, there were many more women attending col­lege than men—153 women per 100 men—and among four-​​year col­lege stu­dents, the gender gap was even larger, with 166 women per 100 men, according to the study.

The large and growing gender gap in four-​​year col­lege enroll­ments reflects a variety of dif­fer­ence in the school behavior and edu­ca­tional per­for­mance of men and women,” Sum said in the report.

Dif­fer­ences include:

Women are more likely to grad­uate from a four-​​year high school on time.
Both Black and His­panic males have had the lowest high school grad­u­a­tion rates in recent years.
Female high-​​school grads are more likely than their male coun­ter­parts to attend col­lege.
The gender gaps in col­lege per­sist across racial/​ethnic groups.
Of those enrolled in col­lege or post-​​secondary training insti­tu­tions, women were more likely than men to attend a four-​​year col­lege or uni­ver­sity.
Since ear­lier research shows greater grad­u­a­tion rates at pri­vate four-​​year col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties, thes­tudy pre­dicts the gen­er­a­tion gap between men and women will grow as females enroll in greater num­bers in the four-​​year institutions.

The study con­cludes that part of the gender dis­parity results from a greater number of women grad­u­ating from the city’s three exam schools, which boast 95 per­cent col­lege atten­dance rates among grads.

Although gender gaps in col­lege atten­dance and degrees awarded also pre­vail across the state, the dif­fer­ence is more keenly felt in Boston, Sum said in a Boston Globe inter­view today.

You won’t find gaps that wide in the Lex­ing­tons, Con­cords, Brook­lines, and Westons,” Sum said in the Globe.

The study sug­gests fur­ther research into methods to improve the out­look for urban male high school stu­dents. Edu­ca­tion strate­gies, such as expan­sion of pilot schools, alter­na­tive high schools, and enriched academic/​social sup­port ser­vices should be considered.

The report fur­ther sug­gests that early joint aca­d­emic reme­di­a­tion and dual enroll­ment between high schools and community/​four-​​year col­leges may improve grad­u­a­tion rates, and sug­gests that stronger links between col­leges and local employers be explored to create unpaid intern­ships, coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­grams, and work-​​based mentoring.

The report, pub­lished this month, is called The Gender Gaps in High School Grad­u­a­tion, Post-​​Secondary Education/​Training Pro­gram Enroll­ment, and Four-​​Year Col­lege Enroll­ment Rates of Boston Public School Grad­u­ates, Class of 2007. Sum is the lead author. The report was pre­pared for the Boston Pri­vate Industry Council. Click here to down­load the full report.