The NY Times has published the real college gender gap story, which hans't made the most emailed list like the original article.
The gender divide involves people from lower income famlies (where as I pointed out the men see skilled blue collar jobs as better income opportunities), and older students returning to school who are overwhelmingly female.
The author of the article suggests that, gasp!, older men don't go to college because they have to be the "the family breadwinner."
And one can't help but notice that at the masters degree level, women are earning degrees with lousy income potential:
Women earned about 60 percent of the master’s degrees conferred in 2003-4, but the female majority was due largely to women’s predominance in education, nursing, health and social work, fields that together account for 42 percent of master’s degrees.
The nursing degree is an OK deal (the average salary for a nurse with a master's degree is only $65,000, which isn't all that special--despite the alleged huge shortage of nurses--I guess all of that nurse immigration keeps down wages), but an "education" degree just means the degree holder is a school teacher in a state which requires all of its teachers to obtain a master's degree, and social work is a pitifully low paying field.
Feminists, instead of complaining about the wage gap, ought to be encouraging women to get degrees in subjects that are more economically useful.