The U. S. College Graduate

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Section I
MAIN FINDINGS

Chapter 1
The Primary Determinants -- Age and Sex

THERE is, of course, no composite portrait to be made of the U. S. college graduate. The select and venerable band of living alumni of the class of '90 and the swarm of co-eds who became Bachelors of Art in the summer of 1940 have no homogeneity as units in the nation's economy. In many respects age counts more than education, and sex counts more than age. But there is among college graduates of both sexes and of all ages a common denominator which sets them apart from other people of comparable age and sex. The Atality of that common denominator is shown throughout this repo by comparisons between the median graduate with the median American, or the average graduate with the average American. So it is of major statistical importance to discover what makes up the median or average of the Graduate Bloc -- what are the distributions as among men and women and among age groups.


TABLE A
Graduates by Sex
Number in
Sample
% of
Total
Estimated
Total U.S.
Male Graduates6,39963.1%1,704,000
Female Graduates3,74736.9%996,000
___________________
TOTAL10,146100.0%2,700,000

Thus the first determining characteristic of the Graduate Bloc is that at present it is predominantly male, by a proportion of about

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