The Unequal Costs of the Digital Divide
Audrey Williams June, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Attending college during the coronavirus has meant added costs. And the digital divide that was a problem for many students last academic year hasn’t disappeared. In fact, with the fall semester already underway, institutions are still working to assess and overcome the gaps in technology for students.
For the most vulnerable students, a lack of access to the internet and a computer could keep them from enrolling. Already, community colleges—where an early look at enrollment shows a steep drop in attendance this fall—have been ramping up their loaner programs for computers and Wi-Fi hot spots.