Freshman students are among the most underrepresented among the workforce, according to a new report.
The report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that of the nearly 6 million students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities in 2018, fewer than 5% of them are women.NACE says the numbers are even lower for minorities: About 4% of Hispanic and African American students were not included in the study.
The numbers were even lower among students from low-income families.
NACE says women make up about 6% of freshmen in those families.
In addition, the report found that nearly half of the workforce is female, but that number drops to around 45% for white males.NACA is a nonpartisan organization that promotes equal employment opportunity for all people, regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, disability, age, or sexual orientation.
Nace’s report found students with higher grades and college degrees make up nearly two-thirds of the overall workforce.
The diversity of the student body is also increasing.
In 2018, NACE found that a third of college-age students are black or Latino, while about half are Asian.
And, while women make about half of all college students, the percentage of women enrolled in STEM programs is just 25%.
But, NACA said, the diversity of colleges and the hiring process is still not uniform.
“In general, when we talk about diversity in our industry, we often talk about those things that are predominantly male and mostly white,” said Stephanie A. Smith, NACE’s executive director.
“For a lot of people in the industry, that’s not always the case.”
While NACA is looking at hiring more diverse students, it says diversity is not the only way to ensure a workplace where diversity is valued and supported.
“Our hiring is not a one-size-fits-all experience,” Smith said.
“It’s not a question of how many white males there are in the room.
It’s a question about how many women do they have in the pool of applicants and what they bring to the table.””
We have to continue to find ways to create more diverse workplaces, but we also have to be mindful of that,” Smith added.”
The biggest challenge in this industry is not how many people are hired, but how they’re hired,” said Emily St. Louis, a recruiter at NACA.
“And it’s not going to be as easy as you might think.
We’re seeing more women coming in and they’re not necessarily being hired as quickly as they could be.”