The number of men enrolled at two- and four-year colleges has fallen behind women by record levels, in a widening education gap across the U.S.
Repost from the Wall Street Journal (Douglas Belkin)
Men are abandoning higher education in such numbers that they now trail female college students by record levels
At the close of the 2020-21 academic year, women made up 59.5% of college students, an all-time high, and men 40.5%. Graduation rates are slightly more unequal as well.
The pattern persist across socioeconomic and ethnic groups
The pandemic accelerated the trend. The decline in male enrollment during the 2020-21 academic year was highest at two-year community colleges, a higher ed sector particularly negatively affected by COVID enrollment declines.