More women than men earn bachelor’s degrees in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Women comprised 63 percent of all the college graduates in the region for Academic Year (AY) 2010-2011 according to reports of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED-CAR).
Women dominated the following courses: Home Economics (95%); Mass Communication and Documentation (80%); Service Trades (79%); Education Science and Teacher Training (75%); Medical and Allied (73%); Mathematics (69%); Business Administration and Related (69%); Social and Behavioral Science (67%); Natural Science (66%); Fine and Applied Arts (58%); and Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries (56%).
Men outnumbered women in the following: Religion and Theology (93%); Engineering & Technology (74%); Trade, Craft and Industrial (70%); Architectural and Town Planning (68%); General (63%); Other Disciplines (62%); and Law and Jurisprudence (54%).
Most graduates came from the Medical and Allied courses which comprised nearly one-third (31%) of the total 16,661 graduates, followed by Business Administration and Related courses (22%) and Education Science and Teacher Training (11%). The share of women graduates from these top three disciplines alone was nearly half (46.4%) of the total graduates in AY 2010-2011.
Baguio City produced two-thirds (67%) of total graduates in AY 2010-2011. Benguet was a distant second with an 11 percent share.
Kalinga had the widest gender gap in 2011 with women accounting for 77 percent of college graduates in the province. Apayao and Ifugao came next with 74 and 71 percent, respectively.
For the past five academic years, the total number of graduates are on the rise. However, the wide gap between men and women graduates remain relatively the same.