Addressing the postsecondary gender gap widened by COVID-19: Editorial

July 8, 2021
The gender gap for students attending postsecondary institutions has become worse during the pandemic, writes Kelly E Field. The author explains that, in the US context, the percentage of men pursuing undergraduate studies has fallen further during the pandemic than the percentage of women, and that the sharpest declines were seen among students from minority groups. Field describes how postsecondary institutions are attempting to address this gender gap by adding sports teams, launching majors that might attract more men, and hiring positions that will support men. The author discusses the reasons men are less likely to choose to attend postsecondary education, the ways that postsecondary institutions contribute to the problem, and supports that could be used to help Black men. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Editorial)