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Women are majority
in med school
Women make up the majority
of students enrolled in medical
school for the ﬁrst time ever,
according to data from the Asso-
ciation of American Medical Col-
leges. Women represented 50.7
percent of new enrollees in medical
schools in 2017, compared to 49.8
percent of enrollees in 2016.
The number of female matricu-
lants increased by 3.2 percent in
2017, while the number of male
matriculants decreased by 0.3
percent. The number of women
enrolling in medical school has
increased by 9.6 percent since
2015. However, overall enrollment
at medical schools declined by 2.6
percent in 2017.
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The proportion of college stu-
dents enrolled in at least one
online course continues to rise,
according to data published by
the National Center for Education
Statistics. In the 2016 academic
year, 31 percent of college stu-
dents were enrolled in at least
one distance learning course, up
from 29.2 percent the year before.
Students enrolled at for-proﬁt
institutions were most likely to be
taking courses at least partially
online, with 57.5 percent reporting
taking at least one class online,
even as overall enrollment at for-
proﬁt institutions dropped.
Find more about enrollment
trends at http://bit.ly/2B6cmNK. ■
Student loan debt
worse than thought
Student loan default rates are
worse than previously thought,
according to a study released by
the Department of Education. The
study analyzed federal data on stu-
dent loan debt and default rates and
found that cumulative debt default
rates continue to rise 12 to 20 years
after students start loan repayment.
That means that nearly 40 percent
of students who took out loans in
2004 could default by 2023.
The data also found that default
rates depend more on student and
institutional factors than on the
level of debt accrued.
Read the full report at http://
California Governor Jerry
Brown has included a provision
to form a new online community
college to serve millions of adult
learners in his most recent budget
proposal. Brown and supporters
say the new community college
could help serve millions of Cali-
fornians who are unable to take
classes on a physical campus,
but who require further educa-
tion or training for career suc-
cess, according to The Chronicle
of Higher Education.
Brown, who has in the past
been critical of the cost of
public education in the state,
also signaled that the move
could help community college
become more affordable for
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