Study finds why some Utah women go to college and why others do not
The Utah Women and Education Project released its findings this month of a two-year study, the purpose of which was to see why women in the state pursue higher education and why many decide not to go, according to the Daily Herald.
The study found that there are five main reasons why women attend college - to become better educated, due to influences from family and friends, to create a better life, to advance in their career or increase their salary and due to other positive experiences in school.
However, academic officials in the state have been struggling to get women to see the many benefits of enrolling in a degree program. The study shows that a majority of females in Utah said they were once considering higher education, but economic factors, changes in their family situation or a lack of motivation caused them to abandon their dream.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, on a national level, this year females are the majority of college students, with about 57 percent of total enrollment. By 2019, this number is supposed to further increase to about 59 percent.