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Gender Issues in Higher Education

A focus on gender in higher education spans a range of topics, with different impacts depending on roles and context. Gender is often considered related solely to women, but it is more complex than sex types. The social construction of gender moves beyond simple dualities to be more inclusive of wider definitions. Recently, the role of gender in higher education has been a focus of attention because of the smaller percentage of men attending postsecondary institutions, and the increased awareness of issues related to transgender students on campus. The lack of gender parity in top-level positions continues to be a critical issue as more presidents and chief academic officers plan on retiring in the next decade. Gender diversity on campus provides one means to create ...

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