If you were to visit a college campus outside of Utah, you likely would run into more women than men. That is not the case, however, for most colleges in Utah. Across the nation close to 60 percent of college students are women, but here in Utah and especially Utah County that number is much lower, with enrollment rates of women hovering between 44 and 50 percent.
Susan Madsen, a professor of management at UVU, first noticed the trend a few years ago and is working with a team of professors, policymakers, community leaders and students to get more women to enroll in and graduate from college. Madsen is a member of the Utah Women's College Task Force, which has been researching attendance and graduation trends for the past two years.